It's not too late, Canada!
9 November 2006

The Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples is now before the UN General Assembly. Canadian officials have said they will vote against the Declaration, despite the urgings of the Parliamentary Committee on Aboriginal Affairs and the fact that the Declaration has been widely supported by other states and by Indigenous peoples from around the world.

It is not too late for Canada to take a firm and principled stand on this vitally important and long overdue human rights instrument. Canadian Parliamentarians, human rights groups and Indigenous peoples organizations are urging Canada to vote in favour of the Declaration when the Third Committee of the UN General Assembly makes its decision next week.

An independent public opinion poll, commissioned by Amnesty International, asked Canadians what Canada should do to protect the human rights of Indigenous peoples around the world. The results will be presented at the press conference.

When: Thursday November 9, 2006 12:00 Noon.
Where: Charles Lynch Press Room, 130 S, Parliament Hill
Presenters: Alex Neve, Secretary General, Amnesty International Canada

Opposition Critics for Aboriginal Affairs:
Anita Neville, M.P. Liberal,
Marc Lemay, M.P. Bloc Québécois
Jean Crowder, M.P. NDP

Representatives of National Aboriginal Organizations include:
Phil Fontaine, National Chief, Assembly of First Nations
Mary Simon, President, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami
Dale LeClair, Chief Administrative Officer, Métis National Council

Media Contacts:

Beth Berton-Hunter
Media Officer
Amnesty International Canada
416-363-9933, ext 32
Cell 416-904-7158

Bryan Hendry
A/Director of Communications
Assembly of First Nations
613-241-6789, ext. 229
Cell 613-293-6106

Stephen Hendrie
Communications Director
Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami
Cell 613-277-3178

Robert McDonald
Director of Public and Media Relations
Métis National Council
Cell 613-295-9298

Ed Bianchi
Aboriginal Rights Program Coordinator
KAIROS: Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatves
613-235-9956, ext. 221

Jennifer Preston
Canadian Friends Service Committee

Linda Kayseas
Media Coordinator
Native Womens Association of Canada
613-722-3033, ext. 231

Louis Moubarak
Rights & Democracy
514-283-6073, ext. 261

General Assembly President, HE Madame Sheika Heya Rashed Al Khalifa, receives greetings from Indigenous delegate, Jose Carlos Morales. The President listened to requests that the Indigenous Peoples be acknowledged in the General Assembly when the Declaration is formally adopted.

for more information
on the Declaration

Permanent Forum on
Indigenous Issues

Office of the High Commissioner
for Human Rights

Documentation Centre
for Indigenous Peoples

Tebtebba Foundation

International Indian Treaty Council

American Indian Law Alliance

International Work Group
for Indigenous Affairs

Rights and Democracy

Amnesty International, Canada

University of Minnesota
Human Rights Library

(Download Kit)

Letter to States by
Special Rapporteur & Chair of PFII

Letter to States by
Indigenous Peoples Caucus

Letter to States by
Ambassadors to UN

Ten Key Points

Declaration (download)

How States voted in the
Human Rights Council