Kia ora Ms. Megan Davis,
The pending ratification of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) as noted by the United Nations Special Rapporteur for Indigenous Rights, Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, threatens Indigenous land rights, while Indigenous leaders from the 12 counties covered by the TPPA are strongly voicing their opposition to the agreement because it undermines their Treaty Rights.
I would like to ask that at the up coming 15th session of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues that the Committee:
1) Place on record its opposition to the agreement.
2) Seeks to form a working committee under the forum's mandate to promote economic and social development, to support efforts of Indigenous leaders to oppose TPPA.
3) And that the Committee provide a mechanism for the development and mandating of alternative trade agreements negotiated and agreed between Indigenous Peoples internationally to counter the imposition of trade agreements such as TPPA on Indigenous People.