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Aboriginal Education and Native Studies Resources from David Spencer's Education Paragon

  • Connect with Aboriginal elders and educators and join Native Education Association of Ontario Circle (NEAO Circle) formerly The Aboriginal and Environmental Education Circle (AEE Circle) e-newsletter. The NEAO Circle is a professional learning and sharing network of educators, teachers, college instructors, university professors, Aboriginal elders and leaders. Through e-mail, they share First Nation, Metis and Inuit and native studies resources, curriculum and teaching strategies that will help Canadian teachers integrate school curriculum with current cultural, environmental and historical contributions of our Canadian First Nations, Inuit and Metis brothers and sisters.
  • Join the Native Education Association of Ontario and NEAO Circle on Facebook.
  • See photos and read about past gatherings of The Aboriginal and Environmental Education Circle (AEE Circle).
  • Join the First Nation, Metis & Inuit Education Association of Ontario (FNMIEAO) the Ontario Ministry of Education recognized provincial subject association for teachers and educators of First Nation, Metis & Inuit Studies and Native Languages. From 2011 to May 2014, this subject association was previously called the Native Education Association of Ontario (NEAO). Special thanks to Marg Boyle for her three years of leadership, encouragement and support.
  • The shortcut to this page is http://aboriginal.davidspencer.ca.

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UNDRIP: United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on September 13, 2007. Although Canada had been an active participant in drafting this document over a period of two decades, Canada opted to oppose the adoption in 2007, along with three other UN member nations: Australia, New Zealand, and the United States. Since then both Australia and New Zealand have reversed their position on the Declaration. In Canada, this past March, after more than two years of Indigenous advocacy, in its Speech from the Throne, Canada also expressed its intention to take steps to endorse the Declaration. Finally, on November 12, 2010, Canada announced that it had advised the President of the United Nations General Assembly that it was endorsing the UNDRIP. Source: Assembly of First Nations

Webinar Held to Discuss Canada's Current Role on the UNDRIP

Video and comments from the webinar about the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples held August 8, 2011 from 1 to 4:00 p.m. ET. The webinar was sponsored by The Grand Council of the Crees, Native Women's Association of Canada, Union of BC Indian Chiefs, Amnesty International, Canadian Friends Service Committee, and KAIROS!.
The panelists were:
* Paul Joffe the legal counsel for Grand Council of the Crees (Eeyou Istchee)
* Jennifer Preston is Program Coordinator for the Canadian Friends Service Committee (Quakers)
* Craig Benjamin from Amnesty International Canada
* Roger Jones the Senior Legal Counsel at the Assembly of First Nations

To learn about the next webinar that addresses issues important to First Nations visit http://www.afn.ca and follow on Twitter @AFN_Comms and @AFN_Updates

Other Resources for helping with the understanding of UNDRIP

  • Canadian Friends Service Committee (Quakers) Resources The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples is the most comprehensive international human rights instrument to specifically address their economic, social, cultural, political, civil, spiritual and environmental rights.

  • KAIROS unites eleven churches and religious organizations in faithful action for ecological justice and human rights.

  • Dialogue Between Nations Supports the rights the right of Indigenous Peoples to equal participation in local, national and international decision making. Through global dialogue, towards the solutions of current issues directly affecting the identity, self-determination and presence of Indigenous Peoples in the modern world