Twenty Canadian first nations, most of them Cree, have made two presentations before the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination in Geneva on Friday.
First, they accused the Harper government of violating the human rights of their people, and of failing to act against “racist” media reports. The group takes issue with a number of columns and editorials that have been published by Sun Media. They say that the columns and editorials “perpetuate and reinforce negative stereotypes that belittle and depersonalize first nations and our members based on our race”.
Second, they accused the Harper government of introducing a number of legislation that violate the human rights of first nations. These include two omnibus bills, bills dealing with self-government and the Indian Act, and other bills that have been the targets of the Idle No More Movement. The first nations declare that the bills were drafted without their input, and this refusal to include them violates the democratic process, as well as the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination.
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