WENDAKE, QC, April 3 /CNW Telbec/ - The Assembly of the First Nations of Quebec and Labrador (AFNQL) is thrilled at the decision of the Australian government to join the 143 countries that supported the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. With this additional support to the new international instrument of Human Rights, Canada finds itself in an even more isolated position, being one of the only three States to not endorse it (with New Zealand and the United States).
It should be noted that the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples was adopted on September 13, 2007 by United Nations General Assembly. This Declaration, fruit of two decades of efforts, asserts in particular, that Indigenous Peoples have the right to self-determination and that, in accordance with this right, they determine at liberty their political status and seek without restraint their economic, social and cultural development. The text makes provision for the States to grant redress through efficient mechanisms, including restoration, adjusted in consultation with the Indigenous Peoples, concerning cultural, intellectual, religious and spiritual tenure which have been taken away from them without their free, informed and prior consent, or in violation of their laws, traditions and customs.
Australia's change of position was hailed by the Chief of the AFNQL, Ghislain Picard, who underlines that it's "an opportunity for the government of Canada to also review its position in order to comply with the new international standards". He also took this opportunity to reiterate his invitation to the members of the Quebec National Assembly to adopt a motion supporting the Declaration.
The Assembly of First Nations of Quebec and Labrador is the regional organization regrouping the Chiefs of First Nations of Quebec and Labrador.
SOURCE Assembly of First Nations of Quebec and Labrador
For further information: For further information: Alain Garon, Communication Officer, AFNQL, (418) 842-5020