On September 13th, 2007, 144 countries adopted a mandate to recognize and respect the rights of Indigenous People across the globe by supporting the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UN DRIP); Canada was not one of those countries.  Over two years later Canada continues to oppose the UN DRIP, despite the fact that the three other countries that also opposed the UN DRIP have since changed or reviewed their stance on the issue.

Canada’s refusal to sign the UN DRIP is an embarrassment, not only to the Canadian people, but to the world.  The UN DRIP outlines the fundamental human rights that Indigenous people are entitled to, something Canada refuses to acknowledge to this day.  The Government of Canada, as a human rights leader and signatory to other international human rights instruments, has a responsibility to set a global example in the recognition and respect of Indigenous people living in Canada.

While the eyes of the world will be on Canada, and B.C, during the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games, First Nations of B.C. have made it their mandate to bring attention to this issue and to generate support from around the globe.  Canada must review their decision about the UN DRIP and uphold the survival, dignity and well-being of Indigenous peoples living in Canada.

We ask that you show your support for this cause and send a letter of support to the Prime Minister of Canada.  You will find a sample letter in the column to the right, along with a link to the official United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.  We thank you for your support.

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