Many Indigenous leaders had called for Pope Francis to visit Kamloops, B.C., where the discovery of unmarked graves at a former residential school spurred initial calls around the world for justice and transparency.
The UN declaration, which Canada endorsed in 2010, affirms the rights of Indigenous Peoples to self-determination and to their language, culture and traditional lands.
“UNDRIP will help right the injustices of past, and ensure that Indigenous Peoples have a bright and prosperous future in Canada.”
Trudeau on Friday blasted the Church for being “silent” and “not stepping up,” and called on it to formally apologize and to make amends for its prominent role in his nation’s former system of church-run Indigenous boarding schools.
Datu Jake Lanes, of the Mandaya-Manobo tribe, along with seven other indigenous people’s leaders are in the US for a speaking tour to break their silence on the deception and lies of the Communist Party of the Philippines and its armed wing