Canada behind the declaration
With Canada talking about recognising the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People in domestic law, how does New Zealand score. No deep thinking going on here that is for sure. It guess its one of the problems when Māori are not thinking as global citizens with our own focus and relationships to build and support. Here is a link to a really good paper from a First Nations thinker on the thinking that needs to go into this issue if New Zealand is ever brave enough to do the same.
Here are some details on the issues being discussed. Emphasis is on Human Rights protections but I think there needs to be some though on Indigenous People who have existing Treaties and how these are affected. Acknowledging a party other than the Crown as a Treaty Partner could risk erosion of our Treaty Rights.
Participating in the United Nations Workshop on Indigenous Peoples and International Investment. Two hours in and listening to some really interesting korero. There are many different ways Indigenous People are responding to the challenges that International Trade Agreements are having on their rights. I think their is an opportunity for Māori, now that the Waitangi Tribunal has ruled, to lead some work nationally and internationally to protect and promote Indigenous Rights in International Investment Agreements. Few ideas:
Ka pai. This is a thumbs up for the United Nations and in particular the UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples. Within 24 hours we have received a response to our submission with an invitation to contribute to a Workshop on Indigenous Peoples and International investment in New York. This will contribute to the Special Rapporteur’s second thematic report on international investment agreements and the rights of indigenous peoples.
Here is our opportunity for the TPPA to get international scrutiny and to offer alternative views on how international trade agreements can be done in support of Indigenous Peoples Rights.
And no this isn't just an academic exercise as it could provide the impetus for the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) to become more active in promoting and supporting alternative trade agreements to improve the economic and social outcomes for Indigenous People.
So here is an opportunity to have our voice heard. I am looking for support and if you would like to contribute to the conversation please either leave your comments here or email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
15th Session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues is due to start in the next few days and we have submitted a request to the UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of Indigenous Peoples to ask the Forum to hold a special meeting of the 12 Indigenous Peoples affected by the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) so they may respond with a unified message to their respective Governments. Further I have proposed that they support establishing alternative trade agreements between the 12 nations that recognise Indigenous rights while supporting mutually beneficial trade .
The Special Rapporteur on the rights of Indigenous Peoples is holding an investigation into International Investment Agreements (IIAs) and the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. You can make your submission here.
Here is a copy of our submission.