Indigenous peoples right to education "..just enough to continue 'master-slave' relationship" – Grand Chief Edward JohnListen /
August 9 is International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples. The declaration on the rights of the indigenous peoples was adopted by the UN back in 2007 and Grand Chief Edward John, the North American Representative to the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous issues, was instrumental in its development.
Grand Chief John says the right to education is a fundamental right for all peoples which should be available to their communities. However, he noted that in some areas, "education is at a very minimal standard, just enough education to continue the 'master-slave' relationship".
In the following interview, UNICEF's Rachel Bonham Carter asks him first how far indigenous peoples have come in terms of realizing the right to education.