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Reconciliation Is the New Assimilation: New NAIPC Co-Chair

Tamara Starblanket (Spider Woman), Cree, from Ahtahkakoop First Nation in Treaty Six Territory, Canada, recently accepted the international appointment as Co-Chair of the North American Indigenous Peoples Caucus (NAIPC). She was nominated by Indigenous participants from the U.S. and Canada attending the NAIPC gathering last March, there to discuss critical issues, find common ground and create a collective platform in preparation for the 15th Session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues at the UN Headquarters in New York City in May.

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Canada officially adopts UN declaration on rights of Indigenous Peoples

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Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett told the United Nations in New York on Tuesday, May 10, 2016. (UN video/CBC)

Standing ovation in General Assembly greets Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett’s announcement

CBC News, May 10, 2016

There were cheers in the United Nations as Canada officially removed its objector status to the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Tuesday, almost a decade after it was adopted by the General Assembly.

“We are now a full supporter of the declaration, without qualification,” Bennett said, as she addressed the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues at the United Nations in New York City on Tuesday.

“We intend nothing less than to adopt and implement the declaration in accordance with the Canadian Constitution.” Read the rest of this entry