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Minister Miller and Minister Hajdu attend the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues

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Minister Miller and Minister Hajdu attend the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues

Minister Miller and Minister Hajdu attend the 21st session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues on Indigenous Peoples, business, autonomy and the principles of due diligence.

April 26, 2022 — New York, Traditional Lenape Territory, United States of America — Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada

Today, the Honourable Marc Miller, Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations, and the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Indigenous Services, continued their participation at the 21st session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII). This session’s theme is Indigenous Peoples, Business, Autonomy, and Human Rights Principles of Due Diligence including Free, Prior and Informed Consent .

Minister Miller, Ambassador Rae, and Minister Hajdu participated in an early morning ceremony. They shared their thoughts with the Canadian delegation during the UNPFII session.

Minister Miller gave remarks at the ceremony’s opening. He addressed Canada’s first visit to the Permanent Forum after the confirmation of the unmarked burial places at ex-residual schools in the summer. The group was also addressed by Knowledge Keepers and Indigenous Elders, who shared their expectations for the future.

Minister Miller, the Canadian head of delegation, attended the Forum’s opening session. He was joined by Indigenous representatives, member states, experts, scholars, and non-governmental organisations.

Canada hosted an open house for Canadian delegates and Indigenous and Civil Society representatives. Ambassador Rae spoke to the group. Minister Miller then addressed them with words and music from the Elders. Aluki Kotierk was the keynote speaker and Minister Hajdu delivered closing remarks.

On Monday, Miller addressed the plenary of the United Nations on the International Decade of Indigenous Languages. He made a speech entirely in Kanien’keha. His speech focused on Canada’s efforts to revive and promote Indigenous languages. Canada works closely with Indigenous partners in order to create a plan that is reflective of their vision. Languages are essential to our identity, culture and spirituality. The best place to lead in strengthening Indigenous languages is the Native Peoples. These efforts, with their leadership and guidance, will help to revitalize the many 70 Native languages that are spoken throughout Canada.

Minister Hajdu was present at a side event hosted by Hawaii Investment Ready and the National Association of Friendship Centres. Participants discussed the ways that Indigenous-led organisations are creating social economies and community wealth through Indigenous community-driven entities.

In partnership with the National Indigenous Economic Development Board

, Minister Miller hosted an event on economic reconciliation, and the implementation of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. This event focused on how the Declaration could be used to fully realize the economic potential for Indigenous Peoples.

Minister Hajdu was present at the United Nations plenary on Indigenous business and autonomy. She gave her time to RoseAnne Archibald (National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations), in order to increase the participation of Indigenous Peoples within the United Nations. Archibald spoke of the importance of working with Canada for Indigenous self-determination.

Minister Hajdu hosted an afternoon panel discussion on climate and resource extraction. She spoke out about the crucial role of Indigenous leadership in making the necessary changes to combat climate change. It will become increasingly crucial for Indigenous Peoples that they participate in the decision-making process in order for industry projects to be well planned, executed, monitored, and evaluated as new green technologies emerge and demand grows for vital minerals.

Throughout the Forum, the Ministers met with Indigenous representatives and international partners from Australia, New Zealand, the United States and Burundi to discuss a variety of issues, such as the participation of Indigenous Peoples in the United Nations, economic development, missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls, and COVID-19 impacts and recovery.

*) Canada’s participation at international forums offers an opportunity for Canada to work with Indigenous partners, the international community and to resolve colonial legacies. We strengthen our relationships with Indigenous Peoples when we work together to find the truth. Canada’s Government is open to hearing from Indigenous Peoples on their priority actions and needs for change. We will work with them as best we can, at their pace and in the spirit of self determination.

” It was an honor to be able to hear and exchange ideas with Indigenous and international partners. We have made significant progress on reconciliation but there are still many things to do. The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act will be a useful tool in our efforts. To help Indigenous Peoples participate more fully in the United Nations Institutions , we will work with advocates and Indigenous leaders to continue to support their implementation.

The Honourable Marc Miller
Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations

” Canada must work with international partners in order to reach an agreement with Indigenous Peoples. Our commitment to Indigenous rights of self-determination and autonomy, self-government and equality is unwavering. This includes the full implementation of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act .. By making it easier for Indigenous Peoples to access business support, we are working towards economic reconciliation. In partnership with First Nations and Inuit, we will work to achieve these goals.

The Honourable Patty Hajdu
Minister of Indigenous Services

Justine Leblanc
Press Secretary
Office of the Honourable Marc Miller
Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations
justine.leblanc@rcaanc-cirnac.gc.ca

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