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Tory MP supports UN conference ideas empowering native women – Vancouver Sun

by NationTalk on January 20, 2012500 Views

Tory MP supports UN conference ideas empowering native women

By Mia Rabson, Winnipeg Free Press January 19, 2012

OTTAWA — A Manitoba MP believes a United Nations conference held earlier this week can help his government shed some light on the issue of violence against aboriginal women.

Rod Bruinooge, the Conservative MP for Winnipeg South, was at the UN in New York City this week for a three-day conference of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. It arose out of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, which specifies nations have an obligation to guarantee and to protect aboriginal women and girls in all circumstances.

On Thursday, Bruinooge said he plans to discuss the options brought forward at the meeting with Prime Minister Stephen Harper the first chance he gets.

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