UN slams Canada over natives rights
Posted on May 16th, 2014


A UN official has warned that Canada is facing a crisis over the conditions of its aboriginal population, “grappling with a housing crisis” as well as “poor education and healthcare.”

James Anaya, UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of the indigenous peoples, made the warning on Monday, as he published a report on the situation of Canada’s First Nations.

Anaya called on the administration of Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper to take “urgent action” to address the housing crisis for the indigenous population and to provide “sufficient funding” for services, including education, health and child welfare.

Anaya also commented on the situation of aboriginal women and girls, saying they “remain vulnerable to abuse” and called for a nationwide inquiry into the disappearance and murder of nearly 1,200 native women over the past three decades.

The Harper administration has repeatedly refused to launch a national inquiry.

Latest figures by Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) showed that some 1,186 incidents have been recorded of aboriginal homicides and unresolved investigations into incidents of missing women.

The UN official said there are “high levels of distrust” toward the Canadian government among the native population, adding the relationship between the two is even more strained than a decade ago.



One Response to “UN slams Canada over natives rights”

  1. jayasiri Says:

    My goodness this is WORST that UNHRC trying to corner Sri Lanka for ALLEGED HUMAN RIGHTS violations. WHERE WAS THE CONSERVATIVE Govt. all this time.

    I would have thought before THEY ENTER SRI LANKA for expeditions about poor quality drinking water 3000 miles away, AT LEAST DO SOMETHING good for Canada’s OWN first Nations people.

    THERE are NO VOTES to be had by Conservativesm, so try & criticize Sri Lanka TO GET THE TAMIL DIASPORA HAPPY. I won’t be SURPRISED if LTTE & TAMIL VOTE in Toronto end up Consrrvatives LOSING the much needed MARGINAL electerates, EVEN with the so called TAMIL VOTE. It happend in the UK so it could happen here in Canada.

    Lets see what happens when election is held………..J

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