Roots have spread out from the Tree of Great Peace: one to the north, one to the east, one to the south and one to the west. These are the Great White Roots and their nature is Peace and Strength. If any man or any nation outside of the Five Nations shall obey the laws of the Great Peace (Gayanerekowa) and shall make this known to the statesmen of the League, they may trace back the roots to the Tree. If their minds are clean and if they are obedient and promise to obey the wishes of the Council of the League, they shall be welcomed to take shelter beneath the Tree of the Long Leaves.
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At the end of the seven-day mission, on 15 October 2013, Mr. Anaya held a press conference at the National Press Theatre, in Ottawa, Ontario. Following the visit, the Special Rapporteur prepared and released a preliminary statement in advance of the report on the visit’s findings, which will be presented to the UN Human Rights Council in September 2014.
United Nations Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, James Anaya Statement upon conclusion of the visit to Canada 15 October 2013
From all I have learned, I can only conclude that Canada faces a crisis when it comes to the situation of indigenous peoples of the country.
Aboriginal peoples’ concerns and well-being merit higher priority at all levels and within all branches of Government, and across all departments. Concerted measures, based on mutual understanding and real partnership with aboriginal peoples, through their own representative institutions, are vital to the long-term resolution of these issues.
The Canadian Human Rights Commission has consistently said that the conditions of aboriginal peoples make for the most serious human rights problem in Canada.
It is equally clear that these steps are insufficient & have yet to fully respond to aboriginal peoples’ urgent needs.
The well-being gap between aboriginal and non-aboriginal people in Canada has not narrowed – treaty & aboriginal claims remain unresolved.
Overall there appear to be high levels of distrust among aboriginal peoples toward government at both the federal and provincial levels.
I hope that this process will contribute to ensuring that the indigenous peoples of Canada can continue to thrive & maintain their distinct ways of life as they have done for generations despite the long shadow of a history of misdealing, enriching Canadian Society for benefit of all.