Liberals urge Canada to sign on to Indigenous rights
This is short so I'm posting today's press release in its entirety:
Statement by Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff on the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
OTTAWA – Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff made the following statement today on the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples:
“Today, I would like to reaffirm my unequivocal support for the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
This declaration sets out the individual and collective rights of the world’s 370 million indigenous peoples. It calls for the strengthening of their cultural identities, and emphasizes their right to pursue development in keeping with their own needs and aspirations.
“Unfortunately, our current government voted against this very important declaration and to this day refuses to recognize its value. Canada’s indigenous people have played a vital role in building a better Canada and the Canadian government must recognize their hard work and sacrifices.
“Along with Liberal Aboriginal Affairs Critic Todd Russell, on behalf of Liberal Party of Canada and our Parliamentary Caucus, we urge Prime Minister Harper to show his commitment to the rights of indigenous people, not only in Canada, but around the world.”
It speaks for itself. Canadian lawyers played a major role in drafting the statement on indigenous rights, but Canada remains isolated in opposition, along with only two other countries, the U.S. and New Zealand.