The Canadian government has failed to act on urgent requests to sign the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People. It’s time to have our voices heard.

Help us get this issue the attention it deserves, by sending an email directly to the Prime Minister. Click on the link below for the Prime Minister’s email address and then copy and paste the provided e-campaign letter.

Email Prime Minister Stephen Harper

Campaign Letter

Dear Prime Minister Harper,

I am deeply concerned about Canada’s refusal to sign the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

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.  Not only is Canada’s refusal to sign the declaration a refusal to recognize the rights of Aboriginal people living in Canada but sets a bad example for developing countries that look to Canada as a leader in Human Rights affairs.

To date, Canada remains one of the only countries refusing to adopt the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.  Since the adoption of the declaration by 144 states on September 13th, 2007, three out of the four countries that refused to sign on have since reversed or reviewed their decision, Canada has remained the sole country refusing to change their stance.

To this end, I urge you to sign the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

You can help change Canada’s stance on the rights of Indigenous Peoples.  Send the petition to the Prime Minister, Premier Campbell and the United Nations Secretariat on Indigenous Issues.  Make this issue a top priority for Canada’s politicians.

Prime Minister Harper:

Office of the Prime Minister
80 Wellington Street
Ottawa
K1A 0A2

Telephone: (613) 992-4311

Fax: (613) 941-6900

Email: HarpeS@parl.gc.ca

Premier Gordon Campbell:

The Honourable Gordon Campbell
Premier of British Columbia
Box 9041
Station PROV GOVT
Victoria, BC
Canada, V8W 9E1

Telephone: (250) 387-1715

Fax: (250) 387-0087

Email: premier@gov.bc.ca

Secretariat of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues:

United Nations, 2 UN Plaza
Room DC2-1454
New York, NY, 10017

Telephone: 1 917 367 5100

Fax: 1 917 367 5102

Email: indigenous_un@un.org

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