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.
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
Grand Chief Edward John has spent the past 20 years in the BC treaty process, which produces extinguishment Agreements
by Kerry Coast, Vancouver Media Coop, June 10, 2012
The 11th Session of the top forum for Indigenous peoples in the world began with a lurch. The sixteen-member Forum elected, by acclamation, Grand Chief Edward John to be their Chair. The announcement was made during a preliminary meeting, May 6, 2012, before the two week meeting in New York City. Hailing from Tl’azt’en (northern BC), this Chief will be familiar to anyone who has followed the machinations of the BC treaty process over the last twenty years: John was the founding Chair of the First Nations Summit, an organization formed to “represent First Nations” involved with the BC Treaty Commission (BCTC). Read the rest of this entry