Aboriginal heritage protection sought for moree sporting field
July 30, 2013
Kathleen O’Co개츠비 카지노nnor
University of British Columbia
Senior Legislative Advocate
Human Rights Watch Canada
On the morning of June 1, the Honourable Peter Lougheed announced his intent to legislate for legislation that would protect the Aboriginal identity and cultural integrity of all of Canada’s aboriginal peoples. The announcement coincided with a public hearing on the subject in Vancouver, which received extensive and vocal opposition from First Nations groups.
While the public hearing revealed an overwhelming support for the rights of Aboriginal peoples to engage in Aboriginal cultural activities on their own land, the public reaction to the proposal has been far more mixed. A number of First Nations groups have denounced the proposal. Many of these groups were present to demonstrate that First Nations could engage in cultural activities without recourse to the use of threats or violence.
Some groups, including the Cree of northern British Columbia, expressed concern that this legislation would make Indigenous youth vulnerable to abuse or to criminal charges. However, the majority of First Nations communities expressed enthusiasm for the legislation, with leaders of the Cree Nation in British Columbia stating that First Nations communities were looking forward to the new legislation. Other First Nations, including the Mi’kmaq of 로투스 홀짝British Columbia and the Athabascan of Canada, expressed interest in participating in the hearings with the intent to obtain support for their participation. Others, including the Nuu-chah-nulth of Manitoba and the Nisga’a of Alberta, expressed support for the measures while stating that they wanted to consult with First Nations communities before any legislative action was taken.
Despite the strong support of First Nations groups, a number of concerns were raised regarding the new legislation. The issues are discussed in the following table.
Some of the comments that were raised with respect to the legislation have been addressed in section바카라 사이트s 3, 4 and 5 of the document.
In conclusion, this new measure has potential to have devastating consequences for Aboriginal peoples in Canada. The first step towards addressing these concerns was the release of the consultation reports that were prepared by various agencies on the draft legislation. The consultations included input from the public in terms of specific recommendations related to the proposed measures.
These recommendations included providing more than enough resources to adequately support First Nations communities as they conduct their cultural activities, including through greater access to youth welfare, expanded education opportunities and increased access to traditional healing practices. The government also pledged to establish a national policy of inquiry to identify appropriat