Canada Endorses the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
Posted on: Monday, November 15, 2010
This article was originally posted on our blog, myMADRE.
Three years ago, when the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples was adopted by the UN General Assembly, it received overwhelming support from the majority of member states. The Declaration marked the culmination of decades of advocacy by Indigenous Peoples for the recognition of their rights at the international level. It also addresses critical issues, such as the right to self-determination, the recognition of the role of Indigenous Peoples in sustainable development, and the rights of Indigenous women.
At the time, only four countries voted against it: the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. In the time since that vote, both Australia and New Zealand have reversed their position and endorsed the Declaration. Last Friday, Canada officially joined them in ending its opposition. This decision was praised by the Chair of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, Carlos Mamani, who recognized it as an “important step in the right direction towards building and strengthening the relationship between Canada and indigenous peoples within Canada."
This decision leaves the US as the only hold-out not to have endorsed the Declaration, although the Obama Administration has indicated its intent to review its position.
Take Action: Tell President Obama to sign the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
Archives"Press Releases" Home September 2014 June 2014 March 2014 February 2014 January 2014 September 2013 August 2013 June 2013 March 2013 February 2013 September 2012 July 2012 June 2012 May 2012 April 2012 March 2012 February 2012 January 2012 November 2011 October 2011 September 2011 August 2011 June 2011 May 2011 April 2011 March 2011 February 2011 January 2011 November 2010 October 2010 July 2010 June 2010 May 2010 April 2010 March 2010 February 2010 January 2010 December 2009 September 2009 July 2009 June 2009 May 2009 April 2009 March 2009 January 2009 October 2008 September 2008 July 2008 June 2008 May 2008 February 2008 January 2008 November 2007 October 2007 September 2007 August 2007 March 2007 February 2007 December 2006 October 2006 July 2006 June 2006 September 2005 January 2004 August 2001
MADRE & Our Partners Make News
Forbidden Talk - Prostitution in the Middle East (Levant TV, October 7, 2014)
Women's Organizations Fighting Against Gender-Based Violence in Iraq (Girls' Globe, October 1, 2014)
We all know about jihadists, but what about those waging an 'anti-jihad'? (Reuter, October 1, 2014)
Breaking the gridlock of climate change negotiations: learning from allies (openDemocracy, September 29, 2014)
Arab and Jewish midwives find a common language (Haaretz, September 12, 2014)