Thursday, February 13, 2014

ICTMN Exclusive: A Conversation With 2014 Nobel Peace Prize Nominee James Anaya

Last week in Geneva, James Anaya, The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, discovered from a colleague that he had been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. Soon after his nomination, indigenous leaders worldwide spoke out in support.

“If American lawyer James Anaya wins the world’s most prestigious political award, the development could represent a major advance in the human rights battle for aboriginals in Canada,” said Grand Chief of the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs Stewart Phillip to the Vancouver Sun.

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The Norwegian Member of Parliament who nominated Anaya told the Sun that awarding the Peace Prize to Anaya could send a powerful signal to governments around the world and heighten the profile of Indigenous Peoples.

Anaya—who has called out Canadian Prime Minister Steven Harper’s government for not doing enough to reduce poverty, address missing and murdered aboriginal women and more—spoke with Indian Country Today Media Network about receiving the nomination, his work as a Special rapporteur and the state of indigenous issues.


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