NEWS RELEASE · 21st June 2010
BC NDP Caucus
New Democrat Leader Carole James made the following statement on National Aboriginal Day:
“Today, I join with all British Columbians in celebration of National Aboriginal Day.
“Canadians from every community and every region today celebrate and honour Canada’s First Nations, Inuit and Métis people. It is a day to reflect on the contributions our First Peoples have made to B.C. and Canada, and to reflect on the systemic challenges aboriginal communities have faced and continue to face today.
“Canada was one of four countries that voted against adopting the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in 2007. Two of those nations, Australia and New Zealand, have since endorsed the Declaration. But Canada remains a holdout.
“On the day we celebrate our country’s founding peoples, let us demonstrate our commitment to forge a new understanding and a new relationship with Aboriginal communities.
“Today I am calling on Premier Gordon Campbell and Prime Minister Stephen Harper to declare their support the UN Declaration and bring it forward for ratification in the B.C. Legislature and the House of Commons in Ottawa.”