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Canadian Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould said her government was committed to true reconciliation with indigenous peoples based on respect, rights, cooperation, and partnerships. UNIFEED-UNTV

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DATELINE: 09 MAY 2016

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FILE – NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, UNHQ

09 MAY 2016, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, General Assembly Hall
3. SOUNDBITE (English): Jody Wilson-Raybould, Minister of Justice, Canada:
“We must complete the unfinished business of confederation. Rebuilding the nation to nation relationship and achieving reconciliation lies at the heart of a strong Canada. We need to find long term solutions to decades-old problems as we seek to deconstruct our colonial legacy.”
4. Wide shot, indigenous delegations
5. SOUNDBITE (English): Jody Wilson-Raybould, Minister of Justice, Canada:
“The time is right for meaningful and systemic change to respect and acknowledge the place of indigenous nations. Legitimate and strong indigenous nations are and will increasingly change the way Canada is governed and for the better. There is room in our country for different legal traditions and ways of governing, an approach that respects the diversity and supports the social and economic advancement of indigenous peoples as part of our evolving system of cooperative federalism and multi-level governance.”
6. Wide shot, General Assembly Hall
7. SOUNDBITE (English): Jody Wilson-Raybould, Minister of Justice, Canada:
“Where the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the work of this place is a means to an end and not the end in itself; the end being an improved quality of life for indigenous peoples with practicing and thriving cultures.
8. Wide shot, General Assembly Hall

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Canadian Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould said her government was committed to true reconciliation with indigenous peoples based on respect, rights, cooperation, and partnerships.

Speaking at the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII), Wilson-Raybould said the time was right for “meaningful and systemic change” to acknowledge the place of indigenous nations in Canada. She said this was perhaps the most challenging area of public policy her government seeks to address but it was “necessary and long overdue.”

The Justice Minister said Canada had room for “different legal traditions and ways of governing, an approach that respects the diversity and supports the social and economic advancement of indigenous peoples as part of our evolving system of cooperative federalism and multi-level governance.”

She said the UNPFII is an important mechanism which brings together States of indigenous peoples to address issues of fundamental importance and has made an immense impact with respect to the recognition of rights of indigenous peoples. Wilson-Raybould called on the international body to make the 21st century an “international century of indigenous peoples”, “where the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the work of this place is a means to an end and not the end in itself.”

Wilson-Raybould is a descendant of the Musgamagw Tsawataineuk and Laich-Kwil-Tach peoples located on the west coast of Canada. She is the first indigenous person to serve as a Justice Minister in Canadian history.
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