AFN National Chief Statement on International Human Rights Day
Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo issued the following statement today in recognition of International Human Rights Day.
“Today is a day for all Indigenous people around the world need to stand together in unity and call on all governments and all people to respect and uphold our rights. Indigenous rights are, first and foremost, human rights. Indigenous people are too often the poorest and most oppressed individuals.
In Canada and around the world, we look to states to work with Indigenous peoples based on the principles, articles and values articulated in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People. We welcome Canada’s endorsement on the UN Declaration and now want to move forward to give life to the principles of partnership, respect and reconciliation embraced in the Declaration.
Much work remains to be done on many fronts to achieve fairness, equity, respect and reconciliation for Indigenous peoples in Canada. Our population is young and growing and now is the time to work together on a new approach and a new path to fundamental change and progress. Healthy, strong First Nation citizens will create a healthier, stronger Canada.”
The Assembly of First Nations is the national organization representing First Nations citizens in Canada.
Alain Garon, Bilingual Communications Officer
Assembly of First Nations
Office: 613-241-6789 (382)
Cell: 613-292-0857 or [email protected]