Media advisory - First Nations implementation of the UN Declaration on Rights of Indigenous Peoples



    VANCOUVER, Feb. 18 /CNW Telbec/ - First Nations leaders and international
experts will examine ways First Nations can implement the UN Declaration on
the Rights of Indigenous People at a two-day symposium entitled: "Implementing
the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples: Minimum
standards for the survival, dignity and well-being of the Indigenous peoples
of the world." The symposium will allow First Nations to examine ways they can
move ahead with the UN Declaration in Canada.
    The UN Declaration was adopted by the United Nations in September, 2007
despite opposition from Canada, New Zealand, the United States and Australia.
Since then, the Labour Party, newly-elected as the government in Australia,
made a campaign promise to support the Declaration. Likewise, all opposition
parties in Canada have urged the federal government to change its position and
support the Declaration. Canada was actively involved in developing the UN
Declaration for twenty years, but suddenly shifted its position, and began
opposing the Declaration in 2006, after the election of a new government.

    
    Highlights of the conference will include:

    - Feb. 19th - 9:15 am: Opening remarks

    - Feb. 19th and 20th - 12:30 pm: Media availability with AFN National
      Chief Phil Fontaine and Grand Chief Edward John of the First of the
      Nations Summit and First Nations Leadership Council.

    - Feb. 19th - 2:00 pm: Indigenous Peoples, the Declaration and the United
      Nations. Experts from the UN discuss how United Nations human rights
      mechanisms can be used to promote the Declaration.

    - February 20th - 9:15 am: The Declaration and Canadian Law.
      International law experts analyze Canada's recent arguments against the
      declaration and actions in international bodies.

    The two-day event is open to all media. The full agenda is available
online at: www.afn.ca

    When:  February 19-20 2008 (9:00 am - 5:00 pm)
    Where: Chief Joe Mathias Centre
           100 Capilano Road
           North Vancouver BC
    Who:   Co-hosted by the British Columbia First Nations Leadership Council
           and the AFN
    




For further information:

For further information: Karyn Pugliese, AFN Communications, cell: (613)
293-6106, kpugliese@afn.ca; Colin Braker, Communications Director, First
Nations Summit, cell: (604) 328-4094, CBraker@fns.bc.ca


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