VOW Calls on Governor General to meet with Chiefs - New Year New Relationship
January 1, 2013
Jan 1, 2013 - Letter delivered to Queen?s Park at 1 pm
Canadian Voice of Women for Peace calls on the Governor General of Canada and the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario to meet with Chief Theresa Spence and convene a nation-to-nation meeting with Chiefs.
"It is a new year and time for a new relationship. Let's take a positive step forward." Said VOW Co-Chair Lyn Adamson. "We need to honour the treaties and resolve the real and immediate issues confronting indigenous nations. The UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples applies here in Canada, and we as Canadian women want to see us act on it?"
"The Governor-General of Canada and the Lieutenant-Governor of Ontario are in a position to press for change and we urge them to do so."
"Chief Theresa Spence's hunger strike is in its 21st day. "We as VOW members are concerned about her health, we do not want to see her suffer, and we also recognize that the pain she is feeling represents the real pain in indigenous communities. We need to act to end that pain." Said Lyn Adamson.
Currently several pieces of legislation are in process which undermine Indigenous peoples' human rights, including their Treaty rights. First Nations are constitutionally entitled to substantive consultations, under the principle of free, prior and informed consent (or non-consent). This legislation has been developed without consultation with Aboriginal peoples, and against their will. Such actions erode democracy, the rule of law and integrity of Parliament. Indigenous peoples' rights and related government duties are an integral part of Canada?s Constitution. They are affirmed in the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples..
All Canadians who want to see a livable future in our country, and a just future, share the concerns being raised by Chief Spence. We, and our children, all need fresh water to live, we all need clean air we can breathe, and we all need housing that we can be healthy in. Right now these needs are not being met in Attawapiskat and in so many other native communities. For more information contact
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