Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

April 21, 2024

Canada Failing Youths and Survivors of Residential Schools, Indigenous Youths Tell United Nations

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Canada Failing Youths and Survivors of Residential Schools, Youths Tell United Nations By Brenda Norrell, Censored News, April 22, 2024

NEW YORK -- "Canada continues to fail to take up solutions from survivors and Indigenous youths to address the legacy of the residential school system," a coalition of community-based Indigenous youth groups told the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.

Indigenous community-based youth groups in so-called Canada voiced an urgent need to have their collective rights respected for cultural and language revitalization, and climate justice, in the face of ongoing environmental racism, land and cultural dispossession and "Canada's willful disregard of traditional government systems."

The youths urged implementation of the Truth and Reconciliation's Commission's Call to Action 66 for multiyear funding for community-based youth groups organizations, to deliver programs on reconciliation and establish a national network to share best practices.

The youths stressed the need to have a voice in the decisions that affect their lives.

Censored News original series on the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.

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