UN rapporteur pushes Ottawa on First Nations

Global News

Watch above: Hundreds of people marched on Parliament Hill to protest the government’s handling of more than 1,000 cases of missing and murdered aboriginal women. Vassy Kapelos explains.

OTTAWA – A United Nations rapporteur is at a loss to explain how a prosperous and sophisticated country like Canada has come to have on its hands a First Nations human-rights problem that has reached “crisis proportions.”

James Anaya’s report picks a fight with the federal government on several fronts — education, energy projects on reserves and missing or murdered aboriginal women, to name a few — and is sure to amplify tensions between Canada’s First Nations and a federal government they so thoroughly distrust.

“It is difficult to reconcile Canada’s well-developed legal framework and general prosperity with the human rights problems faced by indigenous peoples in Canada that have reached crisis proportions in many respects,” writes Anaya, the UN’s special rapporteur…

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