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Thursday, November 13, 2014
Report of the Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples to General Assembly Print United Nations General Assembly Item 69 (b) of the provisional agenda Promotion and protection of human rights: human rights questions, including alternative approaches for improving the effective enjoyment of human rights and fundamental freedoms Pdf version: [En] [Sp] [Fr] [Ar] [Ru] [Ch]
Rights of indigenous peoples, including their economic, social and cultural rights in the post-2015 development framework Note by the Secretary-General
The Secretary-General has the honour to transmit to the General Assembly, in accordance with Human Rights Council resolution 24/10, the report of the Special Rapporteur of the Human Rights Council on the rights of indigenous peoples, Victoria Tauli-Corpuz.
Wednesday, November 12, 2014
At a time when the self-determination, land, resources and cultural heritage of Indigenous peoples are increasingly under threat, this accessible book presents the key issues for both legal and non-legal scholars, practitioners, students of human rights and environmental justice, and Indigenous peoples themselves.
Sunday, September 21, 2014
From the Calgary Herald:
19 September 2014
Stephen Maher, Postmedia News
"Getting Harder to Ignore Canada's Genocide"
The (really good) hip hop trio A Tribe Called Red announced Friday that it won’t play a free concert to celebrate the opening of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg on Saturday night because the museum won’t acknowledge that aboriginals were the victims of genocide. “Until this is rectified, we’ll support the museum from a distance,” said the band.
Saturday, September 06, 2014
The UN has organized a World Conference on Indigenous Peoples to be held at UN Headquarters in New York City on 22-23 September of this year. Official details can be found at the above link.
Various preparatory meetings have resulted in a revised Second Draft Outcome Statement [PDF].
We believe that there exists a vast and valuable production of relevant and original thinking about such issues in Latin America, or Abya Yala,as its native population used to refer to it. However, it remains largely confined to regional boundaries due to language barriers. Alternautas emerges from a desire to bridge such barriers, by bringing Latin-American intellectual reflections on development to larger, English-speaking, audiences.
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Wednesday, July 09, 2014
From The Guardian,
The Guardian, Friday 13 June 2014:
The bone collectors: a brutal chapter in Australia's past
The remains of hundreds of Aboriginal people, dug up from sacred ground and once displayed in museums all over the world, are now stored in a Canberra warehouse. When will they be given a national resting place?
According to national museum records, in recent decades Indigenous remains have been repatriated to the museum from cultural institutions, including museums, educational facilities, medical schools and private collections in Britain, the United States, Sweden and Austria. Other remains from collections in Berlin, at Washington's Smithsonian Museum, Oxford University and London's Natural History Museum have been repatriated directly to Australian Indigenous communities. The federal government, through the Ministry for the Arts, supports the national museum's Indigenous repatriation programme. Other Australian state and territory institutions also hold significant collections of Indigenous remains and sacred artefacts. All have programmes to return them to country. The government estimates that the remains of as many as 900 Indigenous Australians are still held in institutions in the UK, Germany, France, the US and elsewhere.
Full article here: http://meanjin.com.au/articles/post/restless-indigenous-remains/
Sunday, June 29, 2014
Human Rights Council Twenty-seventh session Agenda item 3 Promotion and protection of all human rights, civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights, including the right to development
Report of the Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, James Anaya
The situation of indigenous peoples in Canada*
In this report, the Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples examines the human rights situation of indigenous peoples in Canada based on research and information gathered from various sources, including during a visit to Canada from 7 to 15 October 2013. The visit was a follow up to the 2004 visit to and report on Canada by the previous Special Rapporteur (E/CN.4/2005/88/Add.3). During his visit, the Special Rapporteur met with government officials at the federal and provincial levels in six provinces.
Canada’s relationship with the indigenous peoples within its borders is governed by
a well-developed legal framework a number of policy initiaties that in many respects are
protective of indigenous peoples’ rights. But despite positive steps, daunting challenges
remain. The numerous initiatives that have been taken at the federal and
provincial/territorial levels to address the problems faced by indigenous peoples have been
insufficient. The well-being gap between aboriginal and non-aboriginal people in Canada
has not narrowed over the last several years, treaty and aboriginals claims remain
persistently unresolved, indigenous women and girls remain vulnerable to abuse, and
overall there appear to be high levels of distrust among indigenous peoples toward
government at both the federal and provincial levels.
Indigenous peoples’ concerns merit higher priority at all levels and within all branches of Government, and across all departments. Concerted measures, based on mutual understanding and real partnership with aboriginal peoples, through their own representative institutions, are vital to establishing long-term solutions. To that end, it is necessary for Canada to arrive at a common understanding with indigenous peoples of objectives and goals that are based on full respect for their constitutional, treaty, and internationally-recognized rights.
* The summary of the present report is circulated in all official languages. The report itself, which is annexed to the summary, is circulated in the language of submission only.
Monday, June 09, 2014
From Text of the Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2010 H.R. 3326 (111th Cong., 9 Dec 2009).
This bill was enacted after being signed by the President on December 19, 2009. The text of the bill below is as of Aug 24, 2010 (Passed Congress/Enrolled Bill).
(a)Acknowledgment and apology
The United States, acting through Congress—
(1)recognizes the special legal and political relationship Indian tribes have with the United States and the solemn covenant with the land we share;
(2)commends and honors Native Peoples for the thousands of years that they have stewarded and protected this land;
(3)recognizes that there have been years of official depredations, ill-conceived policies, and the breaking of covenants by the Federal Government regarding Indian tribes;
(4)apologizes on behalf of the people of the United States to all Native Peoples for the many instances of violence, maltreatment, and neglect inflicted on Native Peoples by citizens of the United States;
(5)expresses its regret for the ramifications of former wrongs and its commitment to build on the positive relationships of the past and present to move toward a brighter future where all the people of this land live reconciled as brothers and sisters, and harmoniously steward and protect this land together;
(6)urges the President to acknowledge the wrongs of the United States against Indian tribes in the history of the United States in order to bring healing to this land; and
(7)commends the State governments that have begun reconciliation efforts with recognized Indian tribes located in their boundaries and encourages all State governments similarly to work toward reconciling relationships with Indian tribes within their boundaries.
Nothing in this section—
(1)authorizes or supports any claim against the United States; or
(2)serves as a settlement of any claim against the United States.