UN’s Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Media Advisory

November 15, 2010 - Premier Floyd Roland says Canada’s endorsement on Friday of the UN’s Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples is an encouraging and tangible demonstration of the federal governments’ renewed commitment to  Canada’s Aboriginal people.

“Aboriginal cultures, values and traditions are a rich and equal part of our nation’s proud history,” the Premier said.  “I congratulate the federal government for recognizing and taking this important step that will serve to advance and strengthen our relationships collectively as Canadians.”

In February 2008, the 16th Legislative Assembly unanimously passed a motion to recognize and support the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

The Government of the Northwest Territories remains committed to building strong and respectful relationships with Aboriginal governments across the NWT, and to negotiating and implementing land claims as well as resource and self-government agreements that respect, promote and protect the rights and freedoms of Aboriginal peoples.

For more information, contact:

Press Secretary
Office of the Premier/Cabinet
Government of the Northwest Territories
Phone: (867) 669-2302