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CANADA. Comité CEDR ONU examinará discriminación contra los pueblos indígenas en Canadá y por empresas canadienses en el exterior

El 22 y 23 de febrero de 2012  Canadá  será examinado por el  Comité para la Eliminación de la Discriminación Racial de la ONU (CEDR). El CEDR es el órgano de expertos independientes que vigila el cumplimiento del tratado internacional del mismo nombre.

Como signatario de la Convención, Canadá está obligado a informar periódicamente al Comité sobre las medidas adoptadas para dar cumplimiento a sus disposiciones. Sin embargo, las cuestiones clave relativas a los derechos de los pueblos indígenas han sido pasadas por alto o ignoradas en el informe oficial de Canadá.

Más de 35 naciones indígenas, organizaciones regionales y nacionales de los pueblos indígenas, de derechos humanos y organizaciones de justicia social han presentado sus propios informes alternativos.

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Canada mining boom leaves natives in the cold

Categorías: Canada

Indigenous community with "third world conditions" sits 90km from diamond mine, prompting fight for resource royalties.

Despite living just 90km from a massive diamond mine, Jackie Hookimaw Witt has watched poverty tear at the fabric of Attawapiskat, an indigenous community in northern Canada.

Canada's aboriginal leaders will meet with PM Stephen Harper for the first time on Tuesday, but will they deal with the real issues at hand or will it just be a historic photo-op? Discussants are:Cindy Blackstock, Rex Lee Jim and Jacqueline Pata.

The northern Ontario community made international headlines recently, when the chief declared a state of emergency, as many houses lacked heating during frozen winters, and families were left sleeping in storage sheds, shacks or run-down trailers, often with no running water.

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CANADA. Indigenous people want to be consulted about projects in their ancestral lands. Canada's First Nations face up to industry

Categorías: Canada, Consulta

The views of Canada's indigenous peoples on mining projects, pipelines and hydroelectric dams carry increasing weight in the decision-making process. Last month, after almost 40 years, the National Energy Board finally approved the Mackenzie gas project in the Northwest Territories (albeit subject to some 264 conditions).

The project, worth C$16.2bn ($16.4bn), was originally launched in the early 1970s but was shelved in 1977 in the face of opposition from indigenous peoples living in the Mackenzie valley. Only after years of consultation and negotiations with local communities has it come to fruition.

The demands of native Americans, and their right to be consulted on the impact of such projects on their traditional way of life, are now an important factor. To gain acceptance for the Mackenzie scheme, Imperial Oil, Exxon, Shell and ConocoPhillips made the Aboriginal Pipeline Group a partner in the venture, with a one-third stake in the project.

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Assembly of First Nations Welcomes Canada´s Support of UN Declaration

Categorías: Declaración ONU, Canada


OTTAWA -- Canada´s move to endorse the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples was welcomed as a positive development by the Assembly of First Nations.

The endoresement was announced at UN headquarters in New York on Friday, three years after Canada being just one of four states to vote against the declaration.

"It´s something that we welcome," said Shawn A-in-chut Atleo, national chief of the Assembly of First Nations.

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Foro Permanente ONU saluda adhesión de Canadá a la Declaración Sobre Derechos de Pueblos Indígenas

Naciones Unidas, 13 nov.   Naciones Unidas celebra hoy la adhesión de Canadá a la Declaración sobre los Derechos de los Pueblos Indígenas, lo que deja a Estados Unidos como único país ajeno a ese documento adoptado en 2007.

El apego canadiense fue formalizado la víspera por el embajador del país norteño ante la ONU, John McNee, en una reunión con el presidente del actual período de sesiones de la Asamblea General, Joseph Deiss (Suiza).

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CANADA. Comunicado de prensa por adhesión a Declaración ONU (traducción)

Categorías: Declaración ONU, Canada

(Traducción no oficial)

El Gobierno de Canadá apoyó hoy formalmente la Declaración de Naciones Unidas sobre los Derechos de los Pueblos Indígenas de una manera plenamente coherente con la Constitución y las leyes de Canadá. El embajador de Canadá ante las Naciones Unidas, Sr. John McNee, se reunió con el Presidente de la Asamblea General de Naciones Unidas, el Sr. Joseph Deiss, para que le asesore el reconocimiento oficial de Canadá de la Declaración de las Naciones Unidas.

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Canada Falls In Line with UN: Endorses the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Categorías: Declaración ONU, Canada

OTTAWA -- The Government of Canada on Friday formally endorsed the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in a manner fully consistent with Canada’s Constitution and laws. Canada’s Ambassador to the United Nations, Mr. John McNee, met with the President of the United Nations General Assembly, Mr. Joseph Deiss, to advise him of Canada’s official endorsement of the United Nations Declaration.

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Canada's Statement of Support on the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Categorías: Declaración ONU, Canada

Today, Canada joins other countries in supporting the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. In doing so, Canada reaffirms its commitment to promoting and protecting the rights of Indigenous peoples at home and abroad.

The Government of Canada would like to acknowledge the Aboriginal men and women who played an important role in the development of this Declaration.

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CANADA. Quebec to adopt Declaration

QUEBEC CITY – The Assembly of First Nations of Quebec and Labrador has endorsed an initiative by the Parti Quebecois urging the Quebec government to endorse the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

The PQ is the opposition to the Quebec Liberal Party, which is currently in power in the province. The PQ recommended adoption of the Declaration by Quebec’s National Assembly, the province’s legislative body.

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CANADA. Inuit stake in Arctic mines raises fears of environmental conflict

Categories: Canada

Inuit land-claim groups have formed a company to invest directly in Arctic resource development in an effort to win more benefits and ensure that a greater share of mining profits remains in the North.

"We are looking at direct equity participation," said Charlie Evalik, head of the Kitikmeot Inuit Association, one of three groups that have come together to form the Nunavut Resources Corp.

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CANADA. New Brunswick natives launch $13 billion lawsuit against feds for genocide

Categories: Genocidio, Canada

Three New Brunswick men are among four parties planning to take legal action against the federal government, seeking $13 billion in damages on behalf of New Brunswick's aboriginals for the "tort of genocide" and loss of native land.

Jackie Vautour and his son Roy, who have long fought to receive Metis constitutional rights, are among the plaintiffs listed on a notice of action made public at a news conference in Ottawa on Friday.

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CANADA. 'Concrete Indians'. Portraits of the Urban Indian experience. (Nadya Kwandibens )

Categories: Canada

“Concrete Indians” is a portraiture series (of large scale black & white portraits) and exploration of Indigenous collective identity.

Since its first inception, the response to this series has been overwhelming; Native people from across Turtle Island have been submitting their ideas regarding what it means to be urbanized and how living in urban centers either strengthens or weakens (or both) ones own cultural identity.


This is an ongoing series which will result in an exhibit tour and photo book. The exhibit portion of the series will be showcased in galleries, venues and community centres throughout Canada and the United States.

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CANADA. Nadya Kwandibens, indigenous visual artist

Nadya Kwandibens is an inspired young photographer with a fervor for people, life, travel and art. Nadya’s intuition reveals a side of her subjects hidden in the plays of light that attract her critical eye.

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CANADA. You Are on Indian Land (Film 1969)

Categories: Canada

The film shows the confrontation between police and a 1969 demonstration by Mohawks of the St. Regis Reserve on the bridge between Canada and the United States near Cornwall, Ontario. By blocking traffic on the bridge, which is on the Reserve, the Indians drew public attention to their grievance that they were prohibited by Canadian authorities from duty-free passage of personal purchases across the border, a right they claim was established by the Jay Treaty of 1794.


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CANADA. First Nations leaders denounce federal funding cuts

Categories: Canada

Prime Minister Stephen Harper's apology for decades of abuse in residential schools might well be tarnished if Ottawa doesn't reinstate funding for support programs, say aboriginal leaders.

"In the apology, he did commit to walk with us on our healing journey," Charlene Belleau, manager of the Indian residential schools unit with the Assembly of First Nations, told an emotional Vancouver news conference.

"So it's important, I think, to make sure that the prime minister, on behalf of the government of Canada, keeps to those commitments," she said Wednesday in reference to Harper's 2008 apology in the House of Commons.

Belleau, along with several residential school survivors, the Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs and the Indian Residential School Survivors Society, called on the federal government to reinstate financial support for the Aboriginal Healing Foundation.

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CANADA. Number of kids with Type 2 diabetes rising, especially among aboriginals: report


WINNIPEG - What used to be known as adult-onset diabetes is showing up in more and more children, especially among aboriginals, says a recent study by the Manitoba Institute of Child Health.

The study found 345 cases of Type 2 diabetes in children across Canada between April, 2006 and March, 2008. Almost half - 44 per cent - were kids with aboriginal heritage.

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