Canadian Aboriginals are hopeful if parliament won’t listen, then maybe the UN will, and with it the whole world. After decades of fighting for the truth to be revealed surrounding the mistreatment of aboriginals, the United Nations rights of indigenous peoples, the UN’s Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against women, and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights will be coming to Canada investigating first nations’ living conditions, educational system, healthcare and much more.
Parliament has agreed to appoint a Special Committee for missing and murdered aboriginal women, but so far has not met the demand for a national public inquiry, even while most provinces recently have.
Concerning aboriginals, already the Canadian government says it stands by its record on human rights and insists transparency exists.
According to the census, Aboriginals in Canada account for more than a million Canadians. Government records also say a large portion of Canadian aboriginals live in overcrowded homes and are two times more likely to experience a violent crime than non-aboriginals.
Other countries have also asked Canada to address the living conditions of aboriginal people. For the past few months Canadian aboriginals have banned together for the grassroots movement Idle No More, confronting the government on rewriting history, abusive treatment of aboriginals and the land.
It was recently revealed by an official watchdog that aboriginals in Canadian prisons are rising at an alarming rate, and the prison service is not taking care of indigenous inmates properly, the UN’s investigation is expected to be revealed next year.
- First Nations groups welcome visit from UN official later this year (o.canada.com)
- Canada’s treatment of aboriginal people faces global scrutiny (updatednews.ca)
- Canada’s treatment of aboriginal people faces global scrutiny (cbc.ca)