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Quebec Native Women

Quebec Native Women

July 12, 2007 15:13 ET

Media Advisory: Indigenous Women from 17 Countries to Protest Canada's Opposition to the Adoption of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - July 12, 2007) -

Friday, July 13, 2007
11 AM
Media can meet the women at Knights of Columbus Hall
Main Street, Kahnawake

Indigenous women from 17 countries across North, Central and South America will march in Kahnawake, under the Mercier bridge, tomorrow at 11:00 am as a symbolic protest against the Government of Canada's opposition to the adoption of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

The march comes on the eve of Prime Minister Stephen Harper's visit to Latin America next week. Canada and Russia were the only two countries to vote against the Declaration at the Human Rights Council in Geneva in June 2006 and the Canadian government continues to oppose its adoption by the United Nations General Assembly.

The Declaration does not create new rights, but sets minimum international human rights standards specific to the reality of Indigenous peoples. As a statement of common principles and aspirations, the adoption of the Declaration would mark an important step toward addressing the deep-rooted prejudice and discrimination that has led to widespread human rights violations against Indigenous peoples worldwide.

The protest follows this week's Fifth Continental Meeting of Indigenous Women of the Americas in Kahnawake, which brought together more than 300 women from countries including Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Nicaragua, Venezuela, the United States of America and Canada.

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