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Toronto, May 9 (Canadian-Media): Greg Rickford, Minister of Indigenous Affairs issued the following statement today, according to media reports.
"The Ontario Government is committed to do everything in its authority to support the relocation of Kashechewan First Nation.
Today, Kashechewan, Ontario and the federal government signed an agreement that commits the parties to work together to develop a community planning and development process that includes necessary steps to relocate the community.
Kashechewan faces a number of challenges that affect the well-being and safety of community members, including repeated, costly, evacuations in response to annual flooding and infrastructure issues. Ontario supports the efforts of the community and the federal government to secure a new location for the community where families can build their futures together and practice their traditions.
While the federal government has ultimate responsibility for the relocation, we are proud to play an important role and I was pleased to tell Chief Friday and the federal government that we are committed to fast tracking the provincial actions necessary to support relocation. I have had incredible opportunities to work in and with First Nation communities, as a nurse, lawyer and former federal cabinet Minister, and I am pleased that we have now taken this important step forward to improve the long-term health and sustainability of the community.
Ontario will continue to ensure the safety of community members by working with community leaders and host communities to safely evacuate the people of Kashechewan during flood season."
UN rights experts call on Philippines Government to halt ‘unacceptable attacks’ on Victoria Tauli-Corpuz
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United Nations, May 1 (Canadian-Media/UN): False claims levelled at the UN expert on the rights of indigenous peoples by her own Government in the Philippines, “are without grounding in fact or law” and must cease immediately, said a statement issued by a group of her fellow experts today, United Nations (UN) reports said.
Image Credit: UN Photo/Manuel Elias: Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, at a press briefing on indigenous peoples' collective rights to lands, territories and natural resources on 16 April 2018, at UN Headquarters in New York.
In a joint statement, three UN Special Rapporteurs, or independent rights experts, said that “new accusations” against fellow rapporteur, Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, had been made by officials in the Government of President Rodrigo Duterte, “clearly in retaliation for her invaluable work defending the human rights of indigenous people worldwide”.
Government officials have accused Ms. Corpuz of being an affiliate of the Communist Party in the southeast Asian island archipelago, and it’s alleged “terrorist activities” there. On 13 March, the Deputy Chief of Staff for Civil-Military Operations, Brigadier General Antonio Parlade, alleged at a news conference in the capital Manila, that the UN itself had been “infiltrated by the Communist Party of the Philippines through Ms. Tauli-Corpuz", said the experts’ statement.
This was despite the decision of a court in Manila, dated 27 July last year, which in effect ordered the indigenous rights expert’s name be removed from a petition filed by the Department of Justice, which was then seeking to declare the Communist Party a terrorist organization.
Tauli-Corpuz, has been repeatedly targeted by the authorities, and accused of terrorism and alleged membership of the so-called New People’s Army. Last year, President Duterte’s spokesperson publicly accused the Rapporteur of seeking to embarrass the administration, according to the statement.
“The criminalising discourse used by Philippine public officials undermines the value of the vital work of human rights defenders, denigrates them in the eyes of the public and may put them at risk of threats, violence or other forms of harassment,” said the experts.
“We call on the Philippine Government to immediately stop these unacceptable attacks on the human rights work of Ms. Tauli-Corpuz, and to ensure her physical safety.”
The three experts speaking out on her behalf are Michel Forst, Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders; David Kaye, Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection the right to freedom of opinion and expression, and Fionnuala Ní Aoláin, Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism.
In the fulfilment of her mandate, Ms. Tauli-Corpuz conducts fact-finding missions and reports on the human rights situation in specific countries, addresses cases of alleged violations of the rights of indigenous peoples through communications with Governments and others, promotes good practices and conducts thematic studies on topics of special importance to the promotion and protection of the rights of indigenous peoples.
She is an indigenous leader from the Kankana-ey Igorot people of the Cordillera Region in the Philippines. As an indigenous activist, she has worked for over three decades on building movements among indigenous peoples and as an advocate for women's rights, and is a former Chair of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.
Last year, UN News spoke to her about her life and work, for our podcast series, UN Gender Focus:
The Honourable Kirsty Duncan, PC, MP Minister of Science and Sport
On the occasion of Indigenous Sport Initiative
Toronto, Ontario May 31, 2019
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Hello and welcome.
Thank you, Pat Green, for your warm welcome and blessing.
It’s a pleasure to be here today as we gather on the traditional territory of several Indigenous Nations, and pay special recognition to the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation.
And thank you for being with us to celebrate this important announcement.
As a former athlete, coach and official, I know firsthand the transformative power of sport.
I love sport. I live for sport.
Sport builds self-esteem and leadership skills. It allows our children and youth to grow and thrive—physically, emotionally and socially.
Everyone deserves the opportunity to benefit from sport.
Sadly, many barriers remain to ensuring that everyone has access to sport—including culturally relevant sport, as in the case of Indigenous children and youth.
We know there is a significant gap between the socio-economic well-being of Indigenous and non-Indigenous Peoples and communities.
That’s why our government has been working to renew the relationship with Indigenous Peoples — to one based on recognition of rights, respect, co-operation and partnership.
And, as the Truth and Reconciliation Commission stated, sport and physical activity are an essential part of Indigenous identity.
In Budget 2018, our government announced investments of $9.5 million per year ongoing to expand the use of sport for social development in more than 300 Indigenous communities.
Today, I’m pleased to announce a new program to help improve the daily lives of Indigenous Peoples and build stronger, healthier communities for all.
We listened carefully to Indigenous leaders and stakeholders, including the Aboriginal Sport Circle.
This program uses sport as a tool to achieve positive social outcomes for Indigenous children and youth.
Active participation in sport can help:
Annual funding will be provided through two streams.
Under Stream One, sixty percent of the funds—or $5.3 million—will be available to the 13 Provincial/Territorial Aboriginal Sport Bodies. This will support the delivery of community sport and physical activity projects.
Stream Two will see the remainder of the funds—or $3.6 million—directed to Indigenous governments and communities, and other organizations that are submitting project proposals in collaboration with Indigenous communities.
Today, we launch the call for proposals and invite Indigenous groups and sport delivery organizations to submit their ideas for projects under these two streams.
I’d also like to thank my dear friend and colleague, the Honourable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs, for her hard work and dedication to Indigenous communities across Canada and for promoting sport for social and personal development.
This is a tremendous opportunity to make a significant difference for Indigenous Peoples, especially children and youth.
I will be following this initiative with great interest, and look forward to receiving your proposals.