CONTRIBUTION · 10th December 2012
On International Human Rights Day Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo further expresses the importance of implementing Treaties and the principles of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples as a basic standard for achieving the fundamental change required for First Nations in Canada.
“It is completely unacceptable in a country like Canada that we have people without adequate housing or safe drinking water, women being murdered or missing, and kids with no schools in their communities.
Together, First Nations are standing up to harness the strength and energy of our peoples to seize this moment as the time for change – the change we need, and the change we deserve,” said AFN National Chief Shawn Atleo.
“Today, and every day First Nations people across this country are asserting their rights and responsibilities to the lands, territories, communities and nations, and only with the full implementation of Treaties and other living agreements, documents and expressions of recognition will we see the fundamental transformation required for our peoples.”
Just last week First Nation leaders in a unanimous statement of unity, agreed to stand together to defend our lands, territories, peoples and jurisdiction, to protect the integrity of Treaty and inherent rights, and to ensure economic stability and protection of the environment.
The declaration, supported by Chiefs in Assembly at the AFN Special Chiefs Assembly December 7 outlines the full support and participation of all First Nation peoples in decision-making process that impact inherent and treaty rights and stand united to reject assimilation and termination policies, processes or legislation imposed by other governments to harness the energy of our peoples, to seize this moment as the time for change, and to act now for our peoples based on our clear rights and responsibilities.
Today AFN joined the Canadian Teachers’ Federation, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami the Canadian Museum for Human Rights and the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights to launch a national initiative on human rights education.
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted on 10 December 1948. The date has since served to mark Human Rights Day worldwide, with the intent to celebrate human rights and advocate for the full enjoyment of all human rights by everyone everywhere.
This year’s theme “My Voice Counts” is aimed at encouraging women, youth, minorities, persons with disabilities, Indigenous people, the poor and marginalized to make their voices heard in public life and be included in political decision-making.
“Today we’ve seen action across the country for change by our peoples, for our peoples, showing that First Nations are here to stay, and will not stay idle in the face of unilateral approaches by other governments,” said National Chief Atleo. “Together we must harness this energy, support action-based change and achieve a better day for our peoples based on clear rights and responsibilities.”
On what’s being called a National Day of Action and Solidarity or “Idle No More”, First Nation peoples and supporters organized rallies and demonstrations across the country to express opposition to federal government legislation impacting First Nations, and to raise awareness of the need to address basic needs of First Nations.
The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples was endorsed by Canada November 2010.
This is just the beginning....
Vancouver "No longer will our presence be undermined in Canada" We are Indigenous peoples and we're rising. The force behind this is not in human strength.
Idlenomore in Saskatoon - Main road had to be closed.
Calgary - Protesters Rally against Bill C-45 outside Harper's Office
Shawn Atleo is no chief of mine.
Comment by Janice Robinson on 12th December 2012
Shawn got his nerve promoting any treaty process when he knows damn well all Indians east of the Rocky Mountains are all treatied up......and suffer the most from poverty, governmental neglect, exploitation and abuses. There are many Attawapiskats east of the Rockies. Those TREATY INDIANS suffer and die the most from every conceivable social malady that you can imagine. Having treaties does not help them one iota!
Compared to them, we Tsimshian live like kings and queens.
Shawn should concentrate on the health and deplorable living conditions endured by too many of "his" people rather than chirping on about the continuation of treaty-making in beautiful B.C. Shame on Shawn Atleo.
The government of Canada (and the corporations who put money in their pockets and mouths) do not engage Tsimshian in treaty-making to give us anything! It's all about take, take, take.
Vote against the A.I.P. at Kitsumkalum Village in the new year.
We are a Tsimshian Village........not a nation with treaty-making rights! And, we have our own chiefs....and they're called Simoighets......NOT "chief councillors."
Comment by Terry on 11th December 2012
What a surprise . I would not worry about Canadian msm . For the most part it is controlled by the harper government . They have no shame . They steal elections and lie to us daily . The media that FNs should be concentrating on is the world forum . Shine the light on harper in the world media where he pretends to be a world leader the whole while stabbing all of us Canadians in the back .
Hereditary Chief of Gitwangak Band, B.C.
Comment by Clifford C.W. Morgan on 10th December 2012
What the National Chiefs across Canada is different from what Shawn Atleo. He wants to do away with the Indian Act, and more treaties, that does away with our traditional rights, our traditional places, eventually our culture, and our human rights. We want protection of our lands, our human rights, and our traditional heritages.
Comment by Helmut Giesbrecht on 10th December 2012
It is because they are too busy reporting a story about a monkey running loose in Ikea and a dog being rescued from the wilderness at a cost of $9,000. That was today and tomorrow there will be some other event considered more newsworthy to the media folks. Maybe it will be about some new movie at the box office. They wouldn't dare ask us what we thought the issues that shape our daily lives were.
Why doesn't this get coverage on mainstream media?
Comment by Nancy on 10th December 2012
IDLE NO MORE! Thousand of citizens rallying against a corrupt government and their unconstitutional Bill C-45 and no one is covering them? Same thing happened at the Defend Our Coast Rally in Victoria on October 22, 2012. All the TV, Radio and Newspaper reporters where there but skipped all of the first nations peoples? I wonder what has to happen before First Nations get recognized in the mainstream media? If history repeats itself, it will take bloodshed, then they will get a little blip on the radar saying how they deserved it. This use to be a country to be proud of.
Even our own local media won't or can't produce any of the real stories on first nations issues, only what they are told to by industry and politicians, and to also be taking money from companies such as Enbridge, which almost all of the first nations despise is a slap in the face of the majority of their audience and consumers of the area.
And to add insult to injury, all that is on the news these days is how Canada is spreading the "how to" of Democracy to other countries! Doesn't anyone else see how wrong this is?
Wake up people, watch where you are spending your money, check who the local businesses support. Send letters, emails, boycott if need be.