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Obama Administration Endorses UNDRIP


President Barak Obama endorsed the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples three years after the United Nations General Assembly adopted UNDRIP in September 2007 and after an extensive review by the US Department of State with Indian governments, non-governmental organizations and individuals.  The US position opposing the Declaration during the previous four US [&hellip... more →

Cancun Climate: Hopeful Signs


China and India are easing their opposition to US demands for climate compliance monitoring, reporting and verification for developing countries (a long time demand of the US government) and environmental groups like the World Wildlife Fund now say the “draft text [of the treaty] provides a good basis for negotiation.” The European Union is pushing [&hellip... more →

World Indigenous Peoples’ Conference – 2014


During the last forty years since the UN Commission on Human Rights designated José Martinez Cobo as the Special Rapporteur responsible for conducting the “Study of the Problem of Discrimination Against Indigenous Populations,” and the nearly thirty years since the establishment of the UN Working Group on Indigenous Populations a small collection of cultural mediators [&hellip... more →

Oolichan, Salmon Decline and Oil


The “Coastal First Nations” is the name of a enormously important alliance between the Wuikinuxv Nation, Heiltsuk, Kitasoo/Xaixais, Nuxalk, Gitga’at, Haisla, Metlakatla, Old Masset, Skidegate and Haida nations located on the northeast Pacific Ocean along the coast of Canada and Alaska.  Formed in early 2010, the Alliance pits the resources and political will of ten [&hellip... more →

Canada endorses UNDRIP; US stands alone


On Friday, November 12th, 2010, Canada joined Australia and New Zealand in reversing its decision to officially endorse the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP). The UNDRIP, recognizing the rights of indigenous people as both individuals and as a collective, was adopted by the UN General Assembly in 2007, with Canada, [&hellip... more →

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