A new Liberal government would endorse UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
RICHMOND, British Columbia — On the first anniversary of the adoption of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples by the United Nations General Assembly Liberal Leader Stéphane Dion said a new Liberal government would reverse the Conservative government’s position and endorse the Declaration.
“Last year’s appalling decision to vote against the Declaration was an insult to First Nations, Métis and Inuit who were expecting the government to stand up for their rights, and an international embarrassment that must be corrected,” said Mr. Dion.
“In the post-apology era there is no excuse for not ratifying the Declaration. A new Liberal government will ratify the Declaration and show the world that we can be a leader on aboriginal issues,” he said.
The Declaration was adopted by the UN General Assembly on September 13, 2007 after more than two decades of negotiation and debate.
Despite having previously played a positive role in building international support for this human rights instrument, Canada was one of only four countries to vote against the Declaration.
This marked the first time Canada had voted against a human rights instrument.
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