Saturday, August 17, 2013

Another United Nations envoy to investigate Canada's treatment of Aboriginal Peoples

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A First Nations protestor takes part in an "Idle No More" demonstration on Parliament Hill in Ottawa January 28, 2013.  REUTERS/Chris Wattie
Another United Nations envoy is headed for Canada to check up on us, and this time it will focus on the country's the treatment of Aboriginal Peoples.
Last year it was the UN's special envoy on food security, and Olivier De Schutter -- the UN special rapporteur on the right to food -- wasn't impressed. He concluded that Canada's "self-righteous" attitude belies a very real issue of food insecurity.
The report was widely dismissed and literally laughed at by Conservative cabinet ministers.
Though the relationship between Prime Minister Stephen Harper's Conservative government and the UN has been strained, Canada has granted permission for this latest special envoy, which will make three trips here and produce three reports on what it finds.

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