Areas of Work

Rights of Indigenous People

QUNO supported the work of Quaker bodies working for the promotion and protection of the rights of indigenous peoples, in particular in relation to the UN Working Group drafting a declaration on the rights of indigenous peoples.

QUNO welcomed the adoption by the UN General Assembly of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples on September 13, 2007. Click here to view the statement issued jointly by QUNO and other NGOs on the adoption of the Declaration.

QUNO also ensures that issues relating to indigenous peoples are mainstreamed into its work on other human rights and refugee issues.

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April 2015

QUNO hosts CFSC for the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues

For the last two weeks of April, QUNO hosted partners from the Canadian Friends Service Committee (CFSC) in New York for the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. Canadian Friends carry the program on Indigenous issues for the Friends World Committee for Consultation (FWCC), and have been engaged internationally for many years, including on the drafting and adoption of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. This year CFSC contributed to three joint statements: Outcome of the World Conference on Indigenous Issues, Implementation of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (read by National Chief Perry Bellegarde), and Eradicating violence against Indigenous women and girls

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July 2014

Open Letter regarding the Outcome Document of the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples

QUNO partners, Amnesty International and the Canadian Friends Service Committee (CFSC), have written an open letter regarding the Outcome Document of the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples to be held in New York in September. The letter expresses concern at developments in the run-up to the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples that appear to run against this principle of participation of representatives of Indigenous Peoples. They also express concern at statements by member states during consultations around the document, that appear to be aimed at weakening the rights contained in the Declaration, and the status of the Declaration itself.

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