December 5, 2012….Traditional territory of the Algonquin Peoples (Ottawa, Ontario)…the United Nations have been informed of the actions of Canada against the Indigenous Nations and issued a statement.
” Know and Make Known my Committee and myself in particular applaud and please go ahead… your Nations shall overcome, ” said Dr. Noreddine Amir, Vice President of Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD).
This statement comes on the heels of a rally that occurred yesterday at the Canadian Parliament building. Over 200 Chiefs, Elders, Women, Youth and community members gathered to support the call to action by Okimaw (Chief) Wallace Fox of the Onion Lake Cree Nation.
“Last February in Geneva, Canada was asked on what legal documents do they rely on to claim the territories of the Indigenous Nations. Canada never responded. CERD has been watching Canada and we have been providing regular updates on the situation in Canada. We are pleased with their response and support,” stated Okimaw Wallace Fox of the Onion Lake Cree nation.
The Committee does periodic reviews of countries around the world on their record to eliminate the discrimination. The Chiefs lobbied the committee to ask the question, “What is the legal foundation relied on by the state of Canada to justify that the underlying title to lands and territories of the Indigenous Nations?
“To this day, Canada has never answered. We asked Canada to talk to us. They refused and tried to pass an act (C-45) over something that they do not own. It means nothing to us and to international law,” concluded Okimaw Fox.
Onion Lake Cree Nation is an Indigenous Nation which believes in Sovereignty and the Protection of Inherent & Treaty Rights. The Cree Nation has over 5000 members and is governed by their own Cree Governance Structure. Onion Lake Cree Nation is located 30 minutes north of Lloydminster on highway 17 and is in Treaty No.6 territory.