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June 20, 2010Statements

Rights of indigenous Peoples: The Commission asks the federal government to adhere to the UN declaration

On the eve on National Aboriginal Day, the Commission is urging the Harper government to adopt, without restriction, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples which affirms the equality of Indigenous Peoples with other peoples and crystallizes their individual and collective rights.
A copy of its declaration has been send to Prime Minister Stephen Harper, to Québec Premier Jean Charest and to Ghislain Picard, Chief of the Assembly of First Nations of Québec and Labrador.

The Commission encourages the Government of Canada to adopt this international instrument in order to lay a new foundation for strengthening its relations of cooperation with Canada’s Aboriginal peoples, in keeping with their fundamental rights, their right to equality and their economic, social and cultural rights, such as those recognized by the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and Québec's Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms.

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Declaration of the Commission