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Governments Need To Work Collaboratively On Indigenous Human Rights
by ecnationtalk onDecember 12, 20121619 Views
For Immediate Release: December 10, 2012
(Saskatoon, SK) The Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations recognizes World Human Rights Day as an opportunity to raise awareness that First Nations people must fight and lobby for even the most basic human rights, such as those enjoyed by Canadians. The theme for 2012 is the rights of all people that include women, youth, Minorities, persons with disabilities, indigenous people, the poor and marginalized. The goal is to have the voices of these people heard in public life and included in political decision making.
“The Federal Government cuts to core funding for First Nation organizations is a good example of how the government continues to violate not only our inherent and Treaty rights but also our human rights,” says FSIN Chief Perry Bellegarde. “The cuts are designed to muzzle the political voice of First Nations and affect their ability to gather for political purposes. Today, we are calling on Canada to implement the true spirit of the United Nations Declaration on Indigenous Peoples.”
True implementation of the UN Declaration has the power to change the socio-economic conditions of Indigenous people while upholding traditional land systems. When the Province of Saskatchewan and Canada engage in true partnerships with First Nations, our communities can become healthy and thriving. We can contribute significantly to socio-economic and cultural development, as well as to responsible environmental stewardship.
Essential to developing such partnerships is the realization of resource benefit sharing and self-determination, in accordance with the spirit and intent of the numbered Treaties. These and other rights are recognized and affirmed in Canada’s Constitution and the UN Declaration. If resource benefit sharing and other arrangements were realized in accordance with Canadian and international human rights law, then we would see flourishing First Nations. The Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations represents 74 First Nations in Saskatchewan. The Federation is committed to honouring the spirit and intent of Treaty, as well as the promotion, protection and implementation of the Treaty promises that were made more than a century ago.