OTTAWA – In light of the recent report by the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, the Canadian Teachers’ Federation (CTF) urges the federal government to take immediate action on each of the recommendations in the report.
CTF President Dianne Woloschuk applauded the valuable work of UN Special Rapporteur James Anaya who spent nine days visiting aboriginal communities across Canada as well as meeting with government representatives in an effort to take stock of the plight of Aboriginal peoples in the country.
“All of his recommendations are excellent. CTF has always advocated for adequate funding for the education of Aboriginal children and youth and recognizes the inherent right of Aboriginal peoples to self-government and their right to define the goals of education for their children.
“The federation is also gravely concerned about the plight of missing and murdered Aboriginal women and girls,” explains Woloschuk.
The CTF President also praised the UN Rapporteur’s recommendation calling on the federal government to undertake, in consultation with indigenous peoples, a comprehensive national inquiry into the issue of missing and murdered Aboriginal women and girls.
“The call for such an inquiry has been urged for years by the Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) with the support of teacher organizations and unions,” says Woloschuk referring to the CTF petition and ongoing efforts in raising the issue. “The NWAC has always maintained that a National Public Inquiry would increase public awareness of this human rights crisis in Canada and provide assurance to Aboriginal peoples that all levels of government recognize the seriousness of the issue and are committed to ending these cycles of violence against Aboriginal women and girls.
“CTF is in complete agreement with this position further amplified in light by last week’s RCMP report that confirmed there have been more than 1,000 murdered Aboriginal women over the past 30 years. In light of the UN report and recent RCMP data, the time has come for the federal government to do the right thing by launching an inquiry instead of turning a blind eye,” concludes Woloschuk.
The Canadian Teachers’ Federation (CTF) is an alliance of nearly 200,000 elementary and secondary educators from 17 organizations (15 Members, one Affiliate Member and one Associate Member) across Canada. From 1962 to the present, CTF has worked in partnership with National Teacher Organizations in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, and Latin America to improve access to free quality education for all. Follow CTF on Twitter: @CanTeachersFed and @EnseigneCanada. CTF is also a member of the international body of teachers, Education International (EI).
Dianne Woloschuk, CTF President
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