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Support for indigenous peoples from Canadian government follows Global Health conference symposium
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15 November 2010
Following the 17th Annual Conference on Global Health in Canada, which included a symposium hosted by the Assembly of First Nations of Canada, the media reported new government support for indigenous peoples.
This news appeared a little over a week after the 3 November symposium, which was entitled Pathways to Global Health through Indigenous Knowledge: First Nations as Custodians of Natural Law in Restoring Healthy, Sustainable First Nations communities. During the symposium, First Nations leaders presented programmes to restore strength, cultural integrity, and health in First Nations communities across North America, drawing on Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's knowledge and programmes to bring life in accord with Natural Law.
Dr Christopher Collrin, Director of First Nations Programmes for the Global Country of World Peace in Canada, quoted from a report by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, from 12 November:
'The federal government has endorsed a United Nations declaration that recognizes global human rights standards for indigenous populations, reversing its initial opposition to the document.'
Shawn Atleo, Assembly of First Nations National Chief—and a speaker at the symposium, Dr Collrin noted—'praised Canada's endorsement of the document as a positive development', the CBC reported.
'Now is our time to work together towards a new era of fairness and justice for First Nations and a stronger Canada for all Canadians, guided by the Declaration's core principles of respect, partnership and reconciliation,' he said in the report.
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