CALGARY, AB (August 9, 2017): Alberta Liberal Leader David Khan has released the following statement in recognition of the International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples:
“Today we commemorate International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. This year also marks the 10th Anniversary of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, which is also the theme of today’s celebration. The Declaration seeks to enshrine the rights – including the rights to self-determination, traditional lands, territories and resources, education, culture, health and development – freedoms and minimum standards for all Indigenous Peoples across the world.
“While significant progress has been made over the last decade – most recently the Canadian government’s apology for the abhorrent treatment of Indigenous Peoples in the residential school system, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, and the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls – much more work needs to be done in order to make the words of the Declaration a reality in the lives of the people for whom it was written.
“On this International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples, we should reflect on ways to be partners in building a brighter future for Indigenous Peoples, one that exemplifies respect among equals and for the Nation-to-Nation relationship, and is observed as a celebration, not just a sober reminder or a call for justice.”