U.N. official meets with Sask. Idle No More founders
Idle No More founders got a chance to voice their concerns to the United Nations this weekend.
James Anaya, U.N. special rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, travelled to Saskatchewan to talk to locals about issues affecting Canadian First Nations.
Idle No More co-founder, Sylvia McAdam, met with Anaya in Fort Qu’Appelle. She said they discussed what she called the federal government's "unrelenting attacks on indigenous sovereignty and treaties."
“Canada puts forward this image of equality and democracy and yet we’re seeing the Conservative government and their robocalls and the finding of fraudulent election activities as well as the violations to treaties,” McAdam adding she had a chance to speak with Anaya in New York last May.
The Idle No More movement’s primary focuses are environmental protection and indigenous sovereignty.
McAdam said they want the U.N. to intervene and enforce federal treaties.
“I know that the U.N. have used methods to put pressure on countries, the most minimum is the shaming of course and then the other method is, I’m thinking there’s court systems at the U.N. that have been utilized but I’m not a U.N. expert,” McAdam said.
Anaya’s visit was part of a nine day mission which began on Monday and took him to British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, and Quebec.
In Saskatchewan he also visited the Buffalo River Dene Nation, 450 kilometres north of Prince Albert.
“I took away a hope that indigenous people and Canadian citizens can work together (and) walk together in justice and peace,” McAdam said.
Anaya will hold a press conference in Ottawa on Oct. 15 and will submit his final report to the UN Human Rights Council in September 2014.
The government will get a chance to respond to the report before it is presented.
McAdam said she is waiting for the report to see if their meeting left an impression on Anaya.
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