Ottawa not Supporting the Rights of First Nations

First Nations people across Canada have become increasingly unhappy with the Conservative government's policies on First Nations issues. According to an article in the Straight Goods, "Deep-sixing the Kelowna Accord and UN Declaration," the Conservative government has refused to support the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples as well as the Kelowna Accord. Though far from perfect, the Kelowna Accord was an agreement between Aboriginal peoples and federal, provincial and territorial governments that set out benchmarks for addressing Aboriginal poverty and marginalization the areas of education, health, housing and economic opportunities. Ottawa has recently pushed to extend human rights protection to people living on reserves but some First Nations leaders are calling this a smoke screen to other issues such as poverty. Read the CBC article, "Rights legislation a smoke screen: First Nations leader," about the issue.