International Forums

 
National Chief Perry Bellegarde reading joint statement at UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues 2015. One of the international forums that Quakers participate in.

National Chief Perry Bellegarde reading joint statement at UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues 2015. Photo: Monica Walters-Field

 

CFSC (Quakers) Indigenous Rights Icon SmallFor more details on our work at international forums, read the statements we deliver at these forums together with our partners.

UN Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Established in 2007, the Expert Mechanism exists to provide the UN’s Human Rights Council with expertise on the rights of Indigenous peoples. The Expert Mechanism consists of five independent experts. CFSC attends the meetings of the Expert Mechanism as one of the key international forums where we can support the advancement of Indigenous peoples’ human rights.

UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues

The Permanent Forum is an advisory body with the mandate to:

  • provide expert advice and recommendations on Indigenous issues to programs, funds, and agencies of the United Nations,
  • raise awareness and promote the integration and coordination of activities related to Indigenous issues within the UN system, and
  • prepare and disseminate information on Indigenous issues.

CFSC has attended the Forum since its inception in 2002 and works with partners to raise issues of concern, particularly as related to the implementation of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and human rights of Indigenous peoples in Canada.

UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

In 2001, the UN created the position of UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples to:

Examine ways and means of overcoming existing obstacles to the full and effective protection of the human rights and fundamental freedoms of Indigenous people…

The Special Rapporteur also works in close cooperation with the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. CFSC follows the work of the Special Rapporteur and, as appropriate, engages with him/her.

Universal Periodic Review


The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) was created in 2006 as a cooperative process that reviews the human rights records of every country. The UPR reminds States of their responsibility to fully respect and implement all human rights and fundamental freedoms.

The UPR involves a review of the human rights records of all 192 UN Member States once every four years. The UPR provides the opportunity for each State to declare what actions they have taken to improve the human rights situations in their countries and to fulfill their human rights obligations.

CFSC works with partners in making joint submissions on Canada’s performance on Indigenous peoples’ human rights to the UPR, as well as writing to the Canadian government regarding our concerns about Canada’s performance.