UN critical of Canada’s treatment of indigenous population

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Yellowknife, NWT – The MP for the Western Arctic says he’s anything but shocked that a United Nations watchdog is raising red flags about the Harper government’s strained relationship with Canada’s First Nations people.

Dennis Bevington says he’s not surprised about warnings of an Aboriginal housing crisis, sub-par education and a call for an inquiry into missing and murdered aboriginal women.

Justice Minister Peter MacKay has turned aside the inquiry demand, saying the government is already acting on recommendations from past reviews.

Bevington says the report’s recommendation that the Truth and Reconciliation Commission into residential schools be extended, is also bang on.

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“The federal government is stone-walled on a lot of the documentation when the Truth and Reconciliation Commission needed to do its work. This has been behind the eight-ball since the start. Only by giving them an unfixed date for completing their work will it force the government to release these documents.”

The report says the human rights problems facing Aboriginal people in Canada have reached crisis proportions.

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