FPP E-Newsletter February 2014 (PDF Version)

Dear friends,

The UN General Assembly during its 69th session, on 22-23 September  this year, will convene a high-level plenary meeting - the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples  – to review the implementation of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) since its adoption in 2007, and to identify outstanding issues and actions pertaining to indigenous peoples and development.

Indigenous Women of the Americas - Methodological and conceptual guidelines to confront situations of multiple discrimination

This document, presents guidelines for working with indigenous women, which were collectively created from experiences in Canada, Mexico, Colombia and Argentina. We hope that our efforts will contribute to the building of a detailed methodology to deal with discrimination against Indigenous Women both when bringing cases to justice and when conducting research.

Indigenous women of the Americas fighting against discrimination

Indigenous and human rights organisations from across the Americas are working together to develop a specific methodology for investigating, documenting and fighting indigenous women's cases through the justice system. The organisations involved include ONIC, the National Indigenous Organisation of Colombia; COAJ, the Board of Indigenous Organisations of Jujuy (Argentina); SER, Mixe People's Services (Mexico); QNW, Quebec Native Women (Canada); and AJDH, Lawyers for Justice and Human Rights (Mexico). This work is being carried out within the framework of a project called Ethnic and gender-based discrimination in the Americas: the case of indigenous women.

Les femmes autochtones des Amériques luttent contre la discrimination

Des organisations autochtones et des droits humains des Amériques travaillent de concert pour élaborer une méthode spécifique d’étude, de documentation et de lutte à appliquer aux affaires des femmes autochtones défendues dans le système de justice. Les organisations participantes sont notamment ONIC - l’Organisation nationale autochtone de Colombie, COAJ – le Conseil des organisations autochtones de Jujuy (Argentine), SER - Services du peuple mixe (Mexique), QNW – Femmes autochtones du Québec (Canada), et AJDH, Avocats pour la justice et les droits humains (Mexique). Ce travail est conduit dans le cadre d’un projet intitulé Discrimination fondée sur l’ethnie et le genre dans les Amériques : le cas des femmes autochtones.

UN OHCHR: UN rights chief Navi Pillay urges States to do more to respect treaties with indigenous peoples

"GENEVA (07 August 2013) –States need to do more to honour and strengthen their treaties with indigenous peoples, no matter how long ago they were signed, UN human rights chief Navi Pillay has said in a statement to mark International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples on 9 August.

“Even when signed or otherwise agreed more than a century ago, many treaties remain the cornerstone for the protection of the identity, land and customs of indigenous peoples, determining the relationship they have with the State. They are thus of major significance to human rights today,” she said.

Guest article from the Nishnawbe Aski Nation of Canada - "Expropriation of Indigenous Lands for Government Designated Protected Areas in Northern Ontario, Canada"

Canada’s Auditor General commented in her June 2011 report that living conditions in First Nations reserves are still much worse than elsewhere in Canada. Reflecting on her ten years in office, she argued that a fundamental change is needed to address this issue. In 2010, Canada finally endorsed the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) after being one of four governments to vote against it during its passage through the General Assembly in 2007.

Article invité : la Nation Nishnawbe Aski du Canada - "Expropriation des terres autochtones pour les aires protégées désignées par le gouvernement au nord de l’Ontario, Canada"

La vérificatrice générale du Canada indiquait dans son rapport de juin 2011 que les conditions de vie dans les réserves des Premières Nations étaient toujours bien plus dures qu’ailleurs au Canada. Revenant sur ses dix années d'exercice, elle affirmait qu’un changement capital s'imposait pour résoudre ce problème. En 2010, la Canada a enfin approuvé la Déclaration des Nations Unies sur les droits des peuples autochtones (UNDRIP) après avoir été l’un des quatre gouvernements à voter contre son adoption lors de l’Assemblée Générale en 2007.