The UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of In-digenous Peoples is a document that describes both individual and collective rights of Indigenous peoples around the world. It offers guidance on cooperative relationships with Indigenous peoples to states, the United Nations, and other international organizations based on the principles of equality, partnership, good faith and mutual respect. It addresses the rights of Indigenous peoples on issues such as: culture, identi-ty, religion, language, health, education, and commu-nity. The government of Canada finally officially adopted UN declaration on rights of Indigenous Peo-ples in May 2016. Chief Wilton Littlechild played a huge part in creating this critical document. In the No-vember 30th, 2016 Confederacy of Treaty Six First Nations Press Release stated that: “Willie” is a highly respected individual, renowned for his work at the United Nations advocating for the Rights of Indige-nous Peoples, he spent nearly thirty years working on the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indig-enous Peoples (UNDRIP) that was adopted by the UN General Assembly in 2007.
A PDF Copy of The UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples can be obtained at: http://www.un.org/esa/socdev/unpfii/documents/DRIPS_en.pdf
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