|The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Professor James Anaya, will carry out an official visit to Canada from 7 to 15 October 2013. The aim of the Special Rapporteur’s visit to Canada is to examine the human rights situation of the indigenous peoples of the country. During the visit, the Special Rapporteur will hold meetings and consultations with government officials, as well as with indigenous nations and their representatives in various locations.
The Special Rapporteur is currently developing his agenda to visit locations throughout Canada. Further information and updates about the agenda of the Special Rapporteur, including opportunities to participate in consultations, will be made public on the website of the Special Rapporteur as it becomes available: www.unsr.jamesanaya.org. Please check that website periodically for updates.
The Special Rapporteur invites indigenous peoples and organizations, and other interested parties, to send information relevant to the visit to Canada or any other aspect of the mandate to:firstname.lastname@example.org. Please be aware that, due to the large volume of invitations and information submitted, the Special Rapporteur may not be able to respond individually to each request.
The findings from the Special Rapporteur’s visit will be reflected in a preliminary report that will be submitted to Canada for its comments and consideration. A final version of the report will be circulated publicly and presented to the United Nations Human Rights Council. The report will include recommendations to Canada, indigenous governing bodies and, possibly, other interested parties on how to address issues of ongoing concern to indigenous peoples.
|GENEVA (3 October 2013) – United Nations Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, James Anaya, will visit Canada from 7 to 15 October 2013 to examine the situation of indigenous peoples in the country. This visit follows up a mission to Canada by the previous Special Rapporteur in 2004.“I will be looking at the issues faced by First Nations, Inuit and Métis people in Canada”, the human rights expert said, “including in relation to matters of reconciliation, governance and self-government; lands and resources; and health, education and economic development.” Announcing his first visit to Canada as UN Special Rapporteur, Mr. Anaya emphasized that the mission “aims at assessing the human rights concern of indigenous peoples in light of international standards to which Canada has committed, and at identifying good practices in Canadian law and policy as well as needed reforms.”
The Special Rapporteur, who visits the country at the invitation of the Government and indigenous peoples, will travel to remote communities and urban areas in the provinces of Ontario, Quebec, British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba. In these areas, he will hold discussions and consultations with indigenous peoples and their representatives and meet with federal and provincial government officials.
At the end of the seven-day mission, on 15 October 2013, Mr. Anaya will hold a press conference, from 2 to 3 pm at the National Press Theatre, located on the first floor of the National Press Building, in Ottawa, Ontario.Following the visit, the Special Rapporteur will prepare and make public a report on the visit’s findings, which will be presented to the UN Human Rights Council in September 2014.
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|Canada, 7 to 15 October 2013
7 October – Ontario: Meetings with government and indigenous representatives
8 October – Ontario: Meetings with government and indigenous representatives
9 October – Quebec: Meetings with government and indigenous representatives
10 October – British Columbia: For information about opportunities to participate in meetings in Vancouver please write to: email@example.com
11 October – Alberta: For information about opportunities to participate in meetings in the Edmonton area please write to: firstname.lastname@example.org
12 October – Manitoba: For information about opportunities to participate in meetings in Winnipeg please write to: email@example.com
13 October – Saskatchewan: For information about opportunities to participate in meetings in Southern Saskatchewan, please write to: firstname.lastname@example.org
14 October – Ontario: For information about opportunities to participate in meetings in Ottawa, please write to: email@example.com
15 October – Ontario: Press conference from 2 to 3 PM, National Press Theatre, Ottawa