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Canada taken to task on racial discrimination in Geneva

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Indigenous nations and other groups took Canada to task Monday over its record on racial discrimination, as well as recognizing lands and resources in Geneva, Switzerland Monday during the United Nation’s Committee on Ending Racial Discrimination (CERD).

“We also raised the Government of Canada’s failure to implement the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal decision to end racial discrimination against First Nations children and to fully implement Jordan’s Principle,” said Cindy Blackstock, executive director of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society.

Blackstock, who is attending the United Nations meetings, said issues relating to missing and murdered Indigenous women, incarcerated persons, gender discrimination, hate crimes and inequities in education were addressed.

“The interventions by Indigenous peoples and NGOs were good – really informed the CERD committee members about the hard facts of brutal racism in Canada which for Indigenous peoples is often lethal,” Pam Palmater, professor of Indigenous governance at Ryerson University.

A delegation from Canadian government also presented, something Palmater, also in attendance, said contained a lot of “fluffy” words.

“Canada’s presentation was as expected – lots of fluffy words about great relations, partnerships, reconciliation and its pride as a multi-cultural, dual language country.

“Of course, many of the Indigenous reps and NGOs shook their heads as we experience the reality of racism in Canada,” she said.

After the presentations, CERD then put questions to Canada.

“The Special Rapporteur has asked that Canada provide details on whether it will comply with the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal orders and has also raised a number of questions relating to free, prior and informed consent, and the implementation status of recommendations made to Canada by James Anaya, former Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples,” said Blackstock.

Palmater said she was pleased with the questions from the committee.

“We hope they will see through Canada’s very weak report and relies on the documented facts and research versus Canada’s propaganda for their recommendations,” she said.

The review is ongoing and will continue Tuesday with more questions to Canada.

It is believed CERD will release final observations and recommendations for Canada within a couple weeks.

Canada last went before CERD in 2012.

More to come.

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4 Responses to “Canada taken to task on racial discrimination in Geneva”

    Barbara Johnson August 19, 2017 at 6:06 am #

    Wish someone would bring up the issues of racism within the court systems from the provincial to the Supreme courts. Lawyers lie to beat the band and the judges stand alongside and behind them. Really bad in divorce court and small claims especially if a female First Nation is the plaintiff. The White male and female lawyers ensure that they win with their lies. The court system requires an indepth review here in Nova Scotia.

    Christine Nova Erickson August 15, 2017 at 2:48 am #

    I am so glad the world can finally see how racist Canada’s policies toward First Nations are. How they smile and say one thing and then do another. Truth is the only way things can begin to change. Pam and and everyone who has worked so hard to not let them get away with these vague lies, my family and I send you love and respect. Thank you.

      Annis Aleck August 28, 2017 at 6:45 am #

      In most cases when Canadians say they\re exposing the truth of how Aboriginals have been treated the story is so distorted that there’s lucky if there’s only 5% truth to the story! I’ve spoken out to the media many times and nothing was ever mentioned of the issues that I researched and exposed except when I wrote for Kahtou, an Aboriginal newspaper based out of Sechelt, BC. I’m Aboriginal, born in 1955 and can’t see ANYONE who went through what I went through and saw what I saw stand up and say, “I’m PROUD TO be CANADIAN!” I wrote an autobiography titles “Almost a Born Loser!”, available at It’s me and the girl I called Jennifer, not her real name, about our life experience being the 1st generation after the Residential Schools and the struggle we went through to do something with our life but still weren’t able to work to our full potential!

    Eric John Large August 14, 2017 at 3:57 pm #

    Canada’s weak responses haven’t changed since the 1990’s .