Courtesy Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's Office
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau meets with President of Mexico, Enrique Peña Nieto.

Canada, Mexico Sign MOU on Indigenous Peoples Without Consultation


The Assembly of First Nations expressed surprise and not a few reservations after Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) about development for Indigenous Peoples without consulting any.

“Any initiatives aimed at Indigenous peoples must respect Indigenous rights, treaties, human rights and the U.N. Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples,” Bellegarde said in a statement on June 28, right after the accord was announced. “We are concerned that First Nations have not had the opportunity to provide input on the Accord announced today. We fully expect to get more details immediately so we can assess the accord and consider the next steps. We are pushing for sustained action to close the gap and ensure respect for indigenous rights, and it is essential that First Nations be directly involved in any agreement of this kind from the beginning.”

The two governments did not release details, only to say that “both countries have also agreed to share more information about how we can improve the health and prosperity of our Indigenous Peoples,” according to a news release from Trudeau’s office.

Once President Barack Obama arrived on June 29, the United States chimed in as well, phrasing any development in terms of economics. Together the three leaders announced a new organization, the North American Center for Collaborative Development, which will “pursue joint research and foster exchanges between academics and others on climate change, energy, manufacturing, economic integration, and indigenous peoples,” the White House said in a statement. The other efforts are structured around education.

“The United States, through the State Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program and the Fulbright Specialist Program, will bring together indigenous youth and promote linkages between North American higher education institutions on projects that provide indigenous youth with opportunities to travel, engage with each other, and hone their professional skills,” the White House said. “Mexico joins the United States and Canada in the Let Girls Learn initiative to increase educational opportunities for adolescent girls by increasing enrollment in their Escuelas Mexico Program, which provides opportunities for girls to attend school throughout the hemisphere.”

The three governments did not release many details, but couched other references to Indigenous Peoples in terms of resource management and energy reform. The vagueness of the statements had the AFN wary.

“While details are limited, the federal government announced today that Canada and Mexico have agreed to an accord that is focused on social and economic development of Indigenous peoples in the two countries,” the AFN said in its statement. “There are commitments to include First Nations and Indigenous peoples in the work that will take place under the accord. AFN National Chief Bellegarde said the AFN is studying the announcement and will be seeking more information to share with First Nations as it becomes available.”

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NON NATIVES CANADIANS, et al, DEMAND APOLOGY from CANADIAN LEADERS for BLAMING & PUNISHING them for SECRET RESIDENTIAL SCHOOLS’ ATROCITIES and for DAMAGING RELATIONSHIP between GRASSROOTS NATIVE and Non NATIVE CANADIANS, et al; DESIGNER ‘RACISM’; TRUTH & RECONCILIATION? Is the ‘SUBMISSION’ to The Supreme Court of Canada Delaying Treaties, both; ‘Domestic’ (with Native Canadians) & Foreign (TPP, CETA, et al) Unnecessarily? While the Religious, Political & Economic Leaders of Canada Need to Continue to Apologize to Native Canadians for the Atrocities of The Residential Schools & other Crimes Against Humanity in Order to Continue to Develop the Humility of the aforementioned leaders, it is EQUALLY IMPORTANT for these leaders to Apologize to: 1) Non-Native Canadians for Continuing to Blame & Punish Non-Native Canadians for the Crimes & Misdemeanors of their leaders & make, both, the various reparations & various constitutional improvements in order to ‘guarantee’ that the government & all of the people of Canada are never deceived &/or lobbied in a secret manner that benefits the minority of self-entitled Canadians, 2) the ‘coveted’ (ie. ‘coveted’ by the minority of self-entitled Canadians) Chinese investor who said: ‘It is not that we are racist in our dealings with Canadians, It’s just that we can’t stand the way that you suck up to us’. (Not to also mention that the ‘coveted’ investor may not be able to stand how ‘you’, the minority of self-entitled Canadians shi…uh-hem…purge down on the majority of the ‘harmless’ Canadians by continuing to blame & punish them by forcing them to pay huge amount of compensations for the crimes & ‘arrangements’ whereby, the ‘harmless’ majority of Canadians are still being deprived of the information about the continuing, deceptive lobbying that is continuing to exacerbate the situation & jeopardizing potential investors & potential trade partners, such as, Canada-China Investment Treaty, CETA, TPP, et al.), & 3) et al. And, finally, isn’t it the same self-entitled Canadians who would like to continue to exclusively & directly (ie. cash) benefit from propagating its uniquely Canadian, designer, ‘sort of, but, not really’ racism whereby the secretive ‘arrangements’ of Corporate Canada’s lobbyists with the executives of the parties that are continuing to operate in Canada will ‘save’ Native Canadians & all of the other Canadian minorities from the ‘evil’ foreigners if the ‘harmless’ citizens would just continue to believe in ‘their’ federal government & not concern themselves with legitimate the improvements of, both; grassroots Canadians & the ‘coveted’ investor(s). *** Also see; ‘The Submission’ to The Supreme Court of Canada: ‘The SHAREHOLDERS & Corporations of JAPAN, America, China, Canada, the EU, the Trans-Pacific nations, et al, v. the (harmless) Canadian NON shareholders, both; Native & non Native, et al’ (at *** And, NATIVE ‘ECONOMIC’ DEVELOPMENT; Natural Resources, at *** PLEASE CONSIDER SHARING the enclosed information & questions with 10 friends who will share it with 10 others...