‘A failing grade:’ First Nations say Scheer absent in his Saskatchewan riding
REGINA — First Nations chiefs in Andrew Scheer’s home riding say they haven’t seen much of him in advance of Monday’s federal vote, and feel like they’re not a priority for the Conservative leader. Scheer has represented Regina-Qu’Appelle since 2004. It’s a sprawling urban-rural riding which includes the northern part of Regina, Fort Qu’Appelle to the northeast and 12 First Nations. “The hugest downfall that Scheer has is he’s been MP of thisScheer has represented Regina-Qu’Appelle since 2004. It’s a sprawling urban-rural riding which includes the northern part of Regina, Fort Qu’Appelle to the northeast and 12 First Nations.
Several First Nations continue to challenge the federal government’s expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline project from northern Alberta to B . C .’s “The whole declaration is really about recognizing the full human rights and collective rights of Indigenous people,” he said. “To me the UN declaration
The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP or DOTROIP) delineates and defines the individual and collective rights of Indigenous peoples, including their ownership rights to cultural and ceremonial expression, identity, language, employment, health
File picture. British Columbia Premier John Horgan takes part in a news conference about the state of the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, April 15, 2018.
VICTORIA — British Columbia is set to become the first province to introduce human rights legislation to implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, which would mandate the government to bring provincial laws and policies into harmony with its aims.
The legislation is expected to be introduced on Thursday and is bound to raise questions about the potential impact on the way the province is governed, but Indigenous leaders, academics and members of B.C.’s New Democrat government say it will ensure Indigenous Peoples are full participants in all aspects of the province.
‘He should be helping out’: Frustration erupts among snowstorm evacuees as Scheer campaigns in Winnipeg
Evacuees in Manitoba driven from their homes by a massive recent snowstorm that cut off power to thousands said today they were annoyed by Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer’s decision to campaign in Winnipeg today. A few dozen people evacuated from rural Indigenous communities hit hard by the storm were in the lobby of the city’s Radisson Hotel this morning, waiting for a Red Cross bus to take them to other temporary housing, when journalists following Scheer’s campaign tour showed up for an afternoon policy announcement.
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“This is about recognizing human rights applied to Indigenous Peoples and it’s something that governments of all stripes have not done before, despite the fact it’s in the Constitution of Canada,” Scott Fraser, the province’s minister of Indigenous relations and reconciliation, said Wednesday.
He said the legislation is British Columbia’s version of a federal bill that died on the Senate order paper when Parliament adjourned for Monday’s election.
The declaration was adopted by the General Assembly of the UN in 2007 after 20 years of debate, although Canada was originally one of four countries that voted against it. Among other things, the declaration says Indigenous Peoples have the right to self-determination, which means they can determine their political status and pursue economic, social and cultural development.
First Nations displaced by storm share concerns with Scheer campaign
WINNIPEG — Families forced to flee the Lake Manitoba First Nation are expressing frustration around evacuation efforts following a recent snowstorm that’s left thousands of people in the province without electricity for days. Babies and seniors alike were crowded into a Winnipeg hotel lobby on Monday waiting for buses in what one woman described as a maddening series of events that have left people feeling like animals. They said they weren’tBabies and seniors alike were crowded into a Winnipeg hotel lobby on Monday waiting for buses in what one woman described as a maddening series of events that have left people feeling like animals.
B . C . Indigenous rights law aims to make First Nations full participants . At various times, the election seemed to be about climate change, abortion, infrastructure or Indigenous rights . But nothing cohered into a specific ballot question.
Right to Participate in Decision- Making . The law ensures the full realization of women’s and youth rights but requires all mechanisms and programs to be culturally sensitive and relevant to the ICCs/IPs needs. The United Nations acknowledges worldwide the rights of the indigenous people.
The NDP has made reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples and the implementation of the declaration a top priority since it formed a government in 2017. The mandate letter for each member of Premier John Horgan’s cabinet says ministers are responsible for bringing the principles of the declaration into action in B.C.
“I’ve been all over the place meeting with industry, meeting with stakeholders, meeting with government, meeting with NGO’s, meeting with labour,” said Fraser. “What we’re talking about is working with First Nations in a different way, from the beginning of projects. Not working together and ignoring that rights exist almost guarantees disagreement.”
He said the legislation will not effectively give Indigenous Peoples the power to stop resource development projects on their traditional lands.
“There’s no veto in the 46 articles in the UN Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and there’s none contemplated with the legislation,” Fraser said.
Singapore to become first country to ban ads for very sugary drinks
Singapore will become the first country in the world to ban ads for the most unhealthy sugary drinks in its latest move to combat rising diabetes rates, the health ministry said Thursday. Products deemed “less healthy” must now display labels grading their nutritional and sugar content, with those considered to be most unhealthy banned from appearing in ads across all media platforms, including broadcast, print and online channels.”This aims to reduce the influence of such advertisements on consumer preferences,” the ministry said, calling the ban a world-first.
The Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO) is an international membership organization established to facilitate the voices of unrepresented and marginalised nations and
extent, indigenous peoples enjoy the right to adequate housing in different regions of the world and identify strategies that might assist in the realization of The contributions of John Scott and Elissavet Stamatopoulou (of the Secretariat of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues)
The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled in several cases in B.C. that Indigenous Peoples must be consulted about development projects on their lands. Several First Nations continue to challenge the federal government’s expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline project from northern Alberta to B.C.’s coast.
Grand Chief Ed John of the First Nations Summit, one of B.C.’s largest Indigenous organizations, said the legislation will redefine, reset and restructure historical relations between B.C. and Aboriginal Peoples.
“It’s a milestone in Indigenous, state relations,” he said.
John also rejected concerns that the legislation would grant Indigenous Peoples a veto on resource development.
“It’s a go-to thing for those who want to run (it) down and keep the status quo in place,” he said.
Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, a law professor at the University of British Columbia, said the issue of free, prior and informed consent is not new because courts have ruled on numerous occasions that governments and resource developers must consult with Indigenous groups about projects on their lands.
Chiefs push for Indigenous turnout in Scheer’s riding, but disenchantment reigns
Chief Marie-Anne Day Walker-Pelletier has a list with 159 names on it. Every eligible voter on Okanese First Nation is on that list. Her goal is simple, but ambitious: she wants to see them all checked off as every single band member turns out to vote. Every eligible voter on Okanese First Nation is on that list. Her goal is simple, but ambitious: she wants to see them all checked off as every single band member turns out to vote.
The United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs) is an instrument consisting of 31 principles implementing the United Nations ‘Protect
Indigenous peoples are not “new participants ” in the international law arena. They have been bringing their issues and concerns to the attention of the international First , I look at the traditional or historical role of the nation -state in the making of international law up to the so-called post-colonial period.
Turpel-Lafond, who provided legal advice to Indigenous groups that helped develop the B.C. legislation, said governments can still approve projects despite opposition but the process must involve consultation with Indigenous Peoples.
“If you want to develop a new mine, for instance, you’ve got to work with First Nations,” she said. “The key to this legislation is a new pathway. What B.C. is going to have is a way of doing business that’s going to conform to what’s required, by what’s already in our law. But we’re going to make it clear across the board.”
Turpel-Lafond, a former Saskatchewan judge, said the legislation looks to a more equal future.
“I do think that in the history of B.C. this will be a turning point,” she said. “It’s a major shift. I think we’ll lead Canada and possibly lead the world.”
Prof. Jean Paul Restoule, chairman of the department of Indigenous education at the University of Victoria, said the legislation is long overdue, considering the relationship between Indigenous Peoples and governments has been decidedly one sided.
“The whole declaration is really about recognizing the full human rights and collective rights of Indigenous people,” he said. “To me the UN declaration represents Indigenous community hopes and aspirations across the whole globe.”
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 23, 2019.
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Justin Trudeau’s political setback: A surprise to the world, but not to Canada .
This article was originally published on The Conversation, an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts. Disclosure information is available on the original site. ___ Author: Jeremy Wildeman, Research Associate in International Development, University of Bath Canada’s federal election campaign highlighted a struggle that caught the world by surprise. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was on the ropes throughout the campaign, just four years after his meteoric rise to power and global fandom, even though he ultimately managed to win a minority government.