Harper Hates Natives

Not only here, but all around the world.

We are one of four countries set to vote against a new UN resolution on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, designed, for example to prevent natives from being imprisoned or killed when the government of some developing country wants to use their land. Way to go, Harper. First Climate Change, now this. The government claims that the document isn't reconcilable with our constitution, however the declaration is a non-binding document that is specifically required to be interpreted in balance with other laws."

Keep in mind that this is AFTER he has already taken back five billion dollars which the Liberals had allocated to Native Peoples. Talk about Indian Giving.

Canada to vote against rights declaration
September 13, 2007 at 6:20 AM EDT

OTTAWA — Canada will be voting against the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Thursday.

Indian Affairs Minister Chuck Strahl and Foreign Affairs Minister Maxime Bernier say Canada opposes the declaration because it lacks clear guidance for implementation and goes against Canada's Constitution.

The two ministers also say in a statement, released late Wednesday, that the document doesn't recognize Canada's need to balance indigenous rights with those of others.

The government supports the spirit and intent of the declaration, but says more negotiations are needed. The non-binding declaration is expected to be easily approved, with only Canada, New Zealand, the United States and Australia dissenting.

Human rights groups have slammed Canada's bid to derail the declaration, saying Ottawa is trying to keep control of the vast resources on land claimed by aboriginal communities.

From a different article on the issue in the Globe:
"In fact, documents released to Amnesty International under the Access to Information Act show that the government fought the declaration despite advice from its own officials in Foreign Affairs, Indian Affairs and National Defence, all of them urging its support."


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