Canada: CERD is urging to end discrimination against indigenous peoples

CERD has implemented important recommendations for action made by Indigenous Peoples and civil society in the Concluding Observations made in related to its recent review of Canada . The Commission received more than 20 submissions from indigenous peoples and civil society that addressed a wide range of concerns.

The recommendations made by CERD · A national plan of action to implement the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. · Creation of a Treaty Commission. · Sufficient funding to ensure adequate child welfare services in First Nations reserves and an end to the removal of First Nations children from their families. · Good faith implementation of the right of consultation and free, prior and informed consent “whenever their rights may be affected by projects carried out on their lands.” · Strengthened efforts to end discrimination and violence against Indigenous women including a national plan of action on gender-based violence against Indigenous women. · “Speeding up” the provision of safe drinking water. · Giving preference, wherever possible, to alternatives to imprisonment for Indigenous offenders. On several of these recommendations, CERD has requested that Canada report back within one year on the concrete measures that it has taken. Further more CERD has also expressed concern about Canadian based corporations impact on the lands and lives of indigenous peoples in other countries. It is particularly mining companies that the concern is directed at and CERD has called on the federal government to “take appropriate legislative measures to prevent transnational corporations registered in Canada from carrying out activities that negatively impact on the enjoyment of rights of indigenous peoples in territories outside Canada, and hold them accountable.” A joint press release about CERDs observations and recommendations has been issued by Amnesty International Canada, Amnistie Canada, Assembly of First Nations, Canadian Friends Service Committee (Quakers), Chiefs of Ontario, Grand Council of the Crees (Eeyou Istchee), Haudenosaunee of Kanehsatà:ke, KAIROS: Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives, MiningWatch Canada, and Treaty Four First Nations.

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