BOOKLET United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples for Adolescents



About this Publication

In this publication you will learn about an important international document called the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP or Declaration).  The Declaration explains how the rights of indigenous peoples – including indigenous young people – are to be protected by governments around the world. It applies to indigenous peoples as individuals and as a group.

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The Journey of Nishiyuu Walkers – The Story (Video)

A group of young people from the James Bay Cree community of Whapmagoostui, Que., has arrived at Parliament Hill in Ottawa, ending a 1,600-kilometre trek meant to bring attention to aboriginal issues.

Six youths and a guide left Whapmagoostui in January to snowshoe and walk to Ottawa in support of the Idle No More movement. They called the trek “The Journey of Nishiyuu,” which means “The Journey of the People” in Cree.

Video by: Fred Cattroll

Breaking Down the Indian Act with Russell Diabo – YouTube Video

Jennifer Podemski’s Interview: Breaking Down the Indian Act with Russell Diablo
Video Length: 35:03 mins
Grade Level: Grade 6+

Breaking Down the Indian Act with Russell Diabo – YouTube.

More Information on Russell Diabo:
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-First Nations Strategic Bulletin

“Indian Givers” (2012) – Rocketship Productions Documentary (1hr)

“Indian Givers” (2012) is a mixed-art documentary film, produced by the Sarnia/Aamjiwnaang-based Kiijig Collective, made collaboratively by and for Native and non-Native youth, shot and edited by Ian Alexander of Rocketship Productions and SCITS student Sadie Mallon. This 60-minute film invites the audience on a journey with the characters by stepping into their lives as they reveal the survival of their spiritual identities in today’s world.INDIAN GIVERS – YouTube.

Aboriginal Rights Resource Tool Kit – PDF

Aboriginal Rights Resource Tool Kit

Produced by: Canadian Labour Congress Anti-Racism and Human Rights Department

Aboriginal Rights Resource Tool Kit
Author Canadian Labour Congress Anti-racism and Human Rights Department
Title Aboriginal Rights Resource Tool Kit
Year 2002
Editor Canadian Labour Congress
Publisher Canadian Labour Congress
Publisher URL URL
Place of Publication Ottawa.
Publication Type Resource Kit
Location CRRF Binder and Online
Pages 185.
Subject Aboriginal education; Treaties; Aboriginal Policies; The Indian Act; History; Socio-Economic conditions; Aboriginal Rights; Labour issues
CRRF Identifier AP-AE-Ki-2523
Last modified 2014-03-25
English Abstract

The manual is a resource guide on Aboriginal history, cultural and human rights and treaty rights. It provides the Canadian labour force with information and news on Aboriginal Peoples, it address the issue of stereotyping, colonialism and discrimination, and it initiates dialogue between the labour movement and Aboriginal Peoples, along with providing readers with educational tools on issues that affect Aboriginal communities across Canada and within the work place.
Our Supreme Court said in Simon v. The Queen (1985) ‘ An Indian treaty is unique; it is an agreement sui generis which is neither created nor terminated according to the rules of international law.’ that being so, it seems clear that historically Canadian Aboriginal Peoples have not fared well in asserting rights, which on the face of their treaties, seemed assured to them. By way of an example, a majority of the treaties contain a specific term guaranteeing continuance of the right to hunt and fish over the lands surrendered. (p.2.23).
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Nova Scotia – Aboriginal Law – Leading Court Decisions

Aboriginal Law – Leading Court Decisions

The legal context on Aboriginal matters continues to evolve. The inclusion of protections for Aboriginal and treaty rights in the Constitution Act (1982) (Links to S. 35 of the Constitution Act) has led to a growing number of decisions that influence the context and manner in which governments address Aboriginal issues.

Some of the leading cases on Aboriginal law originated in Nova Scotia and provide some direction on the nature of Aboriginal and treaty rights in Nova Scotia. These cases include Simon v. the Queen in 1985, R. v. Marshall (Marshall I and II) in 1999 and more recently R. v. Marshall ; R. v. Bernard (Marshall, Bernard) in 2005.

Courts across the country are frequently called upon to adjudicate legal issues of importance in the area of aboriginal law. What follows is a list of some of the leading Canadian and Nova Scotian cases in this area of the law.-source Nova Scotia Aboriginal Affairs

Aboriginal Law – Leading Court Decisions