The Aboriginal Justice Team
of Christian Peacemaker Teams has participated in the initiative to encourage
the governments of Canada and the United States to endorse the United Nations
Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
On 12 November 2010, Canada finally endorsed the UN
Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Canada was one of four countries that
initially voted against the Declaration when it was adopted by the UN General
Assembly on 13 September 2007. Since
then, Australia, New Zealand, and now Canada, have all reversed their positions
and officially support the Declaration. The only country that has not acknowledged the
Declaration is the United States. The
Declaration is the result of more than twenty years of discussions and
negotiations, making it one of the most carefully designed instruments to support
human rights on an international level.
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the Rights of Indigenous People â€“ An Appeal to the President of the United