April 24, 2017 (Ottawa, ON) – The National Chief of the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples, Robert Bertrand, is in New York City attending the 16th session of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.
“It’s been ten years since the creation of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples,” says National Chief Bertrand. “Canada must take concrete steps to fully implement the declaration or risk failing Indigenous Peoples across the country.”
On September 13th, 2007 the United Nations General Assembly adopted the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Originally Canada voted against the declaration but has since stated its intention to fully implement it.
“CAP will continue to press the federal government on its commitment to implement the declaration,” says National Chief Bertrand. “Implementing the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples is an opportunity for Canada to take a significant step towards reconciliation.”