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Protect the Lives and Rights Of Indigenous People

"I encourage you to use the traditional knowledge of our peoples to protect our environment."

Congratulations on your victory. I offer you our traditional best wishes for a good heart, good mind and good thoughts as you assume your new responsibilities.

I write to you as National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations, the national organization representing First Nations in Canada. Canada is home to more than 800,000 First Nations citizens, also known as North American Indians or Native Canadians. Our people live in all parts of the country. More than half—58 percent—live on 633 Indian reserves and the rest live in towns and cities throughout Canada.

As President-elect, the most crucial item on your agenda is clear: endorse the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples…

Any opinions expressed in this piece do not necessarily reflect those of Americas Quarterly or its publishers.
Tags: U.S. President-elect, Human Rights, Canada, Indigenous Rights, Phil Fontaine, Assembly of First Nations in Canada, Environment, Canadian Indians