Some First Nation Elders want to repatriate an Eagle Staff gifted by Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde to a Canadian diplomat in honour of the 10th anniversary of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
Indigenous nations and other groups took Canada to task Monday over its record on racial discrimination, as well as recognizing lands and resources in Geneva, Switzerland.
Harper government previously voted against the UNDRIP document.
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Bellegarde spoke at the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous issues in New York City.
AFN National Chief Bellegarde’s letter asked the government to officially withdraw qualifications attached to the previous Conservative government’s endorsement of UNDRIP.
Bennett said the government’s change in position also put the resource sector on notice
Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett and Justice Minister Jody Wilson Raybould are expected to make an UNDRIP-related announcement Monday