Canada endorses UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

The UN headquarters in New York

Canada announced its support yesterday for the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, a global treaty on the rights of the estimated 370 million indigenous peoples in the world.

Carlos Mamani, Chair of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII),  called it an “important step in the right direction towards building and strengthening the relationship between Canada and indigenous peoples within Canada.”

Canada, along with the United States, Australia, and New Zealand, initially voted against the Declaration when it was adopted by the General Assembly in 2007.

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