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SOURCE Canadian Human Rights Commission
CHRC agrees human rights problems have reached "crisis proportions"
OTTAWA, May 12, 2014 /CNW/ - The CHRC commends James Anaya, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, on the release of his report, "The situation of indigenous peoples in Canada."
In his report, Mr. Anaya describes how human rights problems facing Aboriginal people in Canada "have reached crisis proportions in many respects," and that "distressing socio-economic conditions" in a highly developed country like Canada are "most jarring."
Specifically, Mr. Anaya cites gaps between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people in health care, housing, education, welfare, and social services. While acknowledging numerous positive efforts by federal, provincial and territorial governments to narrow these gaps, Mr. Anaya observes that these measures have been insufficient, and that conditions for Aboriginal peoples have not changed in the decade since the last visit to Canada by a UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
The UN Special Rapporteur's recommendations to Canada include:
"Professor Anaya's report shines light on one of the most pressing, if not the most pressing human rights issue in Canada today-the chronic conditions of disadvantage faced by many Aboriginal people in their daily lives."
"We echo Mr. Anaya's call for national action on murdered and missing Aboriginal women and girls. We also continue to call for concerted action to eliminate barriers to human rights justice for Aboriginal women and girls."
-David Langtry, Acting Chief Commissioner of the Canadian Human Rights Commission
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