First Nations Leader to Discuss Human Rights at CNC
Prince George, B.C. – Those wanting to learn more about the human rights of Canada’s indigenous people will want to be at the College of New Caledonia Tuesday night.
Arthur Manuel will be there from 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. at the Gathering Place talking about Decolonization, Reconciliation & New Directions.
“I’ll be talking about it in relationship to what’s happening to indigenous people here in British Columbia,” he says. “Talking about it from a human rights point of view.”
Manuel says it’s a topic many Canadians are unaware of.
“Canada has basically been violating our human rights by not dealing fairly and thoroughly on the Aboriginal title issue. They’ve been told that by the United Nations Human Rights Committee and other committees. That’s what I’ll be educating people about.”
What could Canada do to address the issue?
“Indigenous people in this country if you add up all the Indian reserves have 0.2% of the land. They can expand that up to about 40% so that we can get out of poverty and we can start earning our own living on our own land.”
Manuel is co-author of ‘Unsettling Canada: A National Wake-Up Call.’ He is also a former chief of the Neskonlith Indian Band and former tribal chair of the Shuswap Nation Tribal Council.