"Our government will take steps to endorse this aspirational document in a manner fully consistent with Canada's Constitution and laws," read [Jean]. Alexis agreed the statement is a step in the right direction. Many Aboriginal groups believe the UN declaration sets out an important minimum standard of treatment of First Peoples. However, the chief is not comfortable with the federal government referring to the declaration as "aspirational.""We don't aspire to be Indians. We don't aspire to be First Nations," said a frustrated [Cameron Alexis]. "We didn't like some of the language in there.""Development that's truly Indigenous, in that it protects the rights and interests of Indigenous people," explained [Debra Harry]. "Development that is consistent with our cultural values."
Treaty Rights a Top Priority for Indigenous Caucus
Recognition of treaty rights is a central theme in a report that will represent the integral issues of Aboriginal peoples from across North America at the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous...