By Craig Benjamin, Campaigner for the Human Rights of Indigenous Peoples
The United Nation’s top expert on the human rights of Indigenous peoples says Canada is facing a “crisis” which must be addressed.
James Anaya visited Canada this month as part of a fact-finding mission. At a press conference to conclude his visit, the Special Rapporteur said,
“The well-being gap between aboriginal and non-aboriginal people in Canada has not narrowed over the last several years, treaty and aboriginals claims remain persistently unresolved, and overall there appear to be high levels of distrust among aboriginal peoples toward government at both the federal and provincial levels.”
The Special Rapporteur went on to note that while “Canada consistently ranks near the top among countries with respect to human development standards… aboriginal people live in conditions akin to those in countries that rank much lower and in which poverty abounds.”
Some of the specific examples raised by the Special rapporteur included: