Harper government insults Canada's native people at United Nations

    OTTAWA, Sept. 14 /CNW Telbec/ - "The government of Stephen Harper has
insulted and shamed both Canada's native people, and non-native people at the
United Nations yesterday in New York," said Paul Moist national president of
the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE).
    Despite the instrumental role that Canada played in the development of
the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, the Harper government
sent the message to vote against this historic declaration. "It augers poorly
for future negotiations between the government of Canada and native people;
this minority government has negotiated in bad faith with both the
international community and Canada's native representatives," Moist said.
    Canada was one of four countries to oppose the declaration that passed
143 in favour, 4 opposed, and 11 countries abstaining.
    "Canada condemns other countries about their human rights violations, but
the Federal government continues to violate Aboriginal peoples' human rights,"
said Leo Cheverie vice-president for diversity of CUPE and member of the CUPE
Aboriginal Council." The hypocrisy is staggering," added Cheverie.
    In Canada, native people are still at the 63rd level of the United
Nations international living index, while at the same time Canadians enjoy
being the ninth richest country in the world.
    "This minority Conservative government has demonstrated again that the
recognition of native peoples' rights will not be respected on Mr. Harper's
watch," concluded Moist.

For further information:

For further information: Paul Moist, CUPE national president, (613)
558-2873 (cell.); Leo Cheverie, CUPE diversity vice-president, (902) 940-2151
(cell.); Catherine Louli, CUPE Communications, (613) 237-1590, ext. 268, (613)
851-0547 (cell.)

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