‘It’s blown me away’: Sheryl Lightfoot becomes first Indigenous woman from Canada appointed to UN expert body – The Narwal

‘It’s blown me away’: Sheryl Lightfoot becomes first Indigenous woman from Canada appointed to UN expert body – The Narwal

by ahnationtalk on April 12, 202143 Views

Canada is ‘behind on almost everything’ when it comes to implementing the historic UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, says Lightfoot, who is one of seven independent experts who will help UN member states improve protections for Indigenous lands, languages and cultures

Sheryl Lightfoot didn’t expect there would be much interest in the news of her recent appointment to the United Nations Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

Yet reporters from across B.C. reached out following the March 24 announcement, eager to know more about the first Indigenous woman from Canada to represent North America on the expert mechanism, which is composed of seven independent experts on the rights of Indigenous Peoples. The experts, who are appointed by the UN Human Rights Council, assist member states like Canada in achieving the goals of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

Read More: https://thenarwhal.ca/sheryl-lightfoot-undrip-expert-mechanism-appointment/

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