AMC PARTICIPATES IN THE INVESTIGATION BY THE UN SPECIAL RAPPORTEUR ON THE RIGHTS OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLES

Winnipeg, MB – October 12, 2013, James Anaya, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, will be meeting with designates from Manitoba’s Indigenous community and political leadership. Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs (AMC) Grand Chief Derek Nepinak, along with leaders from the host Treaty One territory and treaty territories from throughout this part of Turtle Island will be welcoming Mr. Anaya in a unique and powerful way, with many indigenous and non-indigenous community members participating in a Jingle Dress Healing Dance at the corner of Portage and Main in Winnipeg. Similar Jingle Dress dances will follow Manitoba’s lead in cities across Canada including Peterborough and Thunder Bay Ontario, as well as Vancouver, BC. “Hearing the drums, seeing the beauty and feeling the powerful love of our people will certainly be a welcome gift to Mr. Anaya in light of the very difficult discussions that he is bearing witness to throughout our ancestral lands. The unity and love demonstrated today by indigenous people will reflect the great power and resilience we have as the original people of these lands. Our people will expose the great injustices of generations, but we will do it with soft hearts, kindness and the great respect that characterizes our people” stated Grand Chief Derek Nepinak. Mr. Anaya, with a mandate from the UN Human Rights Council, is conducting an investigation on how Canada continually violates the right of First Nations people. Anaya is making stops across Turtle Island with a stop in Winnipeg today and on to a northern remote First Nation community for the night. “There are a number of issues our people and leaders will bring to light during the visit with the UN Special Rapporteur, including the lack of resource equity sharing, the need for greater protection of our lands and water, the lack of protection of and justice for the hundreds of missing or murdered Indigenous women and girls and the re-establishment of residential school type policies with the push of prescriptive colonial legal frameworks on education for our children. We hope Canada and the world will hear the voices of our people, and begin helping to tear down the walls of colonial policy and law that creates tragic consequences for our people,” concluded Grand Chief Nepinak. Representatives from the AMC, including Grand Chief Derek Nepinak are planning on being in Ottawa on October 15, 2013 at the press conference when Special Rapporteur Anaya releases his early findings of his investigation. For more information please contact: Sheila North Wilson 204-805-1759 snorthwilson@manitobachiefs.com

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