• 10th anniversary of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
Sep 13, 2017

Wendake, September 13, 2017 –The First Nations of Quebec and Labrador Health and Social Services Commission (FNQLHSSC) joins with the Assembly of First Nations Quebec-Labrador (AFNQL) in marking the 10th anniversary of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

 

On September 13, 2007, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, which affected close to 370 million Indigenous people in more than 70 countries. Endorsed by 144 countries, including Canada, this important instrument is the result of a quarter century of work with United Nations entities to establish a universal framework of minimal standards for ensuring the survival, dignity and well-being of the world’s Indigenous people. It provides States, the United Nations and other international organizations with guidelines concerning the maintenance of harmonious relations based on the principles of equality, partnership, good faith and mutual respect. The Declaration addresses Indigenous rights in such matters as culture, identity, religion, language, health, education and community.

 

It should be mentioned that in 2007: Canada, along with Australia, New Zealand and the United States, had refused to ratify the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, which was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly. It was only in November 2010 that Canada issued a Statement of Support endorsing the principles of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. In November 2015, the Prime Minister of Canada asked the Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada and other ministers, in the mandate letters, to implement the Declaration. Then in May 2016, the Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada announced that Canada is now a full supporter, without qualification, of the Declaration.

 

According to the FNQLHSSC Executive Director, Marjolaine Siouï, “this historic moment must be highlighted in order to promote awareness of the Declaration as an essential tool for reconciliation between our peoples.” “We can see that reconciliation is underway and that rapprochement and dialogue are taking shape. Collaboration of governments with the First Nations must now be demonstrated by concrete actions taken to achieve the objectives of this Declaration,” stated Derek Montour, president of the FNQLHSSC.

 

About the FNQLHSSC

The role of the FNQLHSSC is to assist Quebec and Labrador First Nations and Inuit communities and organizations in the defense, maintenance and the exercise of their inherent rights in health and social services as well as to help them in the realization (delivery) and the development of these programs.

 

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Chantal Cleary, FNQLHSSC Communication Officer

Phone: 418-842-1540, ext. 240