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CSTC Celebrates the 10th Anniversary of UNDRIP

MEDIA RELEASE  September 13, 2017

Carrier Sekani Tribal Council Celebrates the Tenth Anniversary of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Dakelh Territory, Prince George:  The Carrier Sekani Tribal Council (CSTC) is celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP). This document, which comprehensively describes both individual and collective rights of Indigenous peoples around the world, was adopted by the General Assembly on Thursday, September 13, 2007 but has found slow acceptance by the governments in Canada. By May 2016 the Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs, the Honourable Carolyn Bennett, acknowledged Canada’s full support, without qualification, of the declaration. In British Columbia, the New Democratic Party (NDP) included the adoption of UNDRIP in their 2017 election platform and are now carrying through with their commitments as the new provincial NDP/Green coalition government.

UNDRIP is now working to further and guide relations between the different levels of governments in Canada and First Nations based on principles of equality, partnership, good faith and mutual respect. A gradual and positive transformation of Canadian society that is more equal and just is currently underway under its auspice.

Tribal Chief Terry Teegee points out that, “The Declaration pushes back against the outdated colonial policies and laws which threaten our continued existence, our human dignity, and our quality of life. At this time the CSTC are focusing on driving forward on our rights and title that are tied to our traditional territories and resources, and which we must be able to own, use, control, and develop. This work is key to rebuilding and strengthening our culture, identity, and well-being and UNDRIP is advancing our cause.”

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Contact: Tribal Chief Terry Teegee, CSTC Office : (250) 562-6279; Cell: (250) 640-3256

http://www.carriersekani.ca/images/docs/2017-09-13_UNDRIP_anniversary_press_release.docx.pdf

http://www.un.org/esa/socdev/unpfii/documents/DRIPS_en.pdf

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