“In very plain terms, the focus of our work is to arrive at a place where Indigenous peoples can actually exercise and enjoy our individual and collective rights without obstruction. It’s that simple.” – Dalee Sambo Dorough, Inuit Circumpolar Council
Centuries of racism and dispossession have denied Indigenous peoples of Canada and around the world the opportunity to enjoy their basic human rights. In every continent, Indigenous peoples are among the most marginalized, impoverished and frequently victimized members of society.
Indigenous peoples stand up for their rights in the face of widespread violence and oppression. They push the international system to evolve and grow in exciting new directions. Directions that will help ensure that human rights, guaranteed to all, can be enjoyed by all.
On September 13, 2007, the United Nations adopted an international Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. It is the first international human rights instrument drafted with the direct participation of people whose rights are at stake.
Today, momentum for implementing these standards is building. Indigenous peoples, courts, international agencies, and advocacy groups increasingly use the Declaration.
Collaboration with Indigenous Peoples of Canada
Amnesty International members collaborate with Indigenous peoples of Canada and worldwide to campaign for political and legal reform. We want to end discrimination and uphold the rights guaranteed in national laws, historical and contemporary Treaties and international standards such as the Declaration.
Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
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