UN Committee calls for “comprehensive strategy” to uphold the human rights of Indigenous peoples in Canada

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The United Nation’s highest body for combating racism is urging Canada to take comprehensive action to end discrimination against Indigenous peoples. In a report released this week, the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination expressed concern over Canada’s failure to properly respect the land and Treaty rights of Indigenous peoples, noting “the rigidly […]

JOINT MEDIA ADVISORY: UN Committee urged to examine discrimination against Canadian Indigenous peoples

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“On February 22 and 23, Canada’s record on combating discrimination will be examined by a high level body of the United Nations. The Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) is the independent expert body that monitors compliance with the international treaty of the same name. As a signatory to the Convention, Canada is […]

Ontario Chiefs Letter to CRC in support of Youth Ambassadors to UNCRC

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“Dear Committee Member: I am writing to demonstrate my support to both the delegation of Indigenous youth ambassadors from Canada travelling to Geneva this week, and to their request that a Special Rapporteur be appointed to address ongoing human rights violations against Indigenous children in Canada based on discriminatory state practices….”  

MEDIA ADVISORY: Canada Must Give First Nations Children Equal Rights Indigenous Youth Tell United Nations Committee on Rights of the Child

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For Immediate Release 1 February 2012 (Toronto)  Six Indigenous youth ambassadors from across Canada will meet with the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) next week to urge to the UNCRC to pressure Canada to end inequities faced by First Nations children. The youth will outline their concerns at a news […]

Attawapiskat Joint Statement: Urgent action needed to improve living conditions in Aboriginal communities

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Canada must meet its human rights obligations. Indigenous peoples and individuals have the right to enjoy the same standard of living and access to government services that are enjoyed by other people in Canada. They have the right to live and bring up their families on their own lands and territories. Our organizations, Canadian human […]

Attawapiskat: a hard look at the federal government’s response so far

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1 December 2011 KAIROS Urgent Action Background information As of November 30, federal leaders and the Red Cross have now visited the northern Ontario Cree community of Attawapiskat, which is a step forward. The Red Cross is flying in emergency supplies like winter sleeping bags. However, no emergency or long term funding for housing has […]

Ecuador’s Oil Struggle: Reflections on an Amazonian Journey

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Truth, Reconciliation & Equity Video

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Global South Expresses Concern about REDD

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REDD (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation) is a plan for curtailing greenhouse gas emissions by preserving the world’s forests. KAIROS has examined REDD in the 2010 briefing paper Decisive Action Vital at Cancún Climate Talks. This initiative will be debated at the 17th Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on […]

UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples: Frequently Asked Questions

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Joint Statement in Response to Canada’s Endorsement of the ‘UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples’

November 16, 2010 On November 12th the Canadian government endorsed the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. We urge the government to move ahead with the implementation of its provisions in a principled manner that fully respects their spirit and intent. The Declaration is more than an aspirational instrument. Governments, courts and other domestic and […]

KAIROS Welcomes the Government of Canada’s Endorsement of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

KAIROS joins with Indigenous peoples in Canada and their supporters in welcoming Canada’s endorsement of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, announced in a press release today. The Declaration was adopted by the United Nations on 13 September 2007 by a vote of 144-4. On that day, Canada was one of the four counties […]

UNDRIP Factsheet on Canada’s commitment to endorse the Declaration

Download the Factsheet (PDF) “The time is now for Canada to join the overwhelming majority of states that have endorsed the UN Declaration and who are establishing a practice of implementing this Declaration as an important international legal instrument.” This factsheet on Canada and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples is endorsed by: Amnesty International Canada, Canadian […]

UNDRIP Factsheet on Canada’s commitment to endorse the Declaration

Download the Factsheet (PDF) “The time is now for Canada to join the overwhelming majority of states that have endorsed the UN Declaration and who are establishing a practice of implementing this Declaration as an important international legal instrument.” This factsheet on Canada and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples is […]

Kairos Times, June 2010: G20, CIDA Cuts, UNDRIP, BP, and more…

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Canada Should Embrace UN Declaration without Conditions or Qualifications

Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues Ninth Session United Nations, New York 19-30 April 2010 Agenda item 5 Half-day discussion on North America April 22, 2010 Joint Statement by Assembly of First Nations; Inuit Circumpolar Council Canada; Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami; Native Women’s Association of Canada; Assemblée des Premières Nations du Québec et du Labrador; First Nations […]

Canada’s endorsement of the UN Declaration must be consistent with human rights

Indigenous Peoples and human rights and faith based organizations welcome the announcement in the Speech from the Throne that the Canadian government is taking steps to endorse the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. We urge the government to embrace this vital human rights instrument without conditions or limitations. The Declaration was […]

Lagging on Indigenous Rights

An opinion piece by Warren Allmand