Sunday, November 16, 2008
Indigenous Peoples Challenge Harper's Canada
National Gathering of Indigenous Peoples Challenge Harper Government in Winnipeg
By Defenders of the Land
Photos by Ben Powless
WINNIPEG -- Grassroots activists, elders, and elected leaders from First Nations fighting for self-determination and protection of land and resource rights presented a letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper at the Conservative Party's national policy conference in Winnipeg today. The Indigenous spokespeople have come to Winnipeg from communities across Canada to form a network dedicated to fighting for recognition of and respect for Indigenous rights, and deliver their message to Prime Minister Harper."Canada, along with the United States and New Zealand, is one of three countries that have voted against the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. We call on Canada to join the vast majority of nations who have adopted this declaration," said Art Manuel, of the Indigenous Network on Economies and Trade. Read article:
Photo Milton Bornwithatooth negotiates with RCMP security guard to deliver the letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Photo by Ben Powless.