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Indigenous peoples’ organizations and human rights groups are outraged that the federal government used a high level United Nations forum on Indigenous rights as an opportunity to continue its unprincipled attack on the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

On Monday, the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples -- a high level plenary of the UN General Assembly in New York -- adopted a consensus statement reaffirming support for the UN Declaration.

Canada was the only member state to raise objections.

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TORONTO, ON (Sept 24, 2014) — Ontario Regional Chief Stan Beardy today joined members of the Chiefs of Ontario Political Confederacy in announcing a National Chief Candidates Forum which will provide an opportunity for individuals who are considering or intending to declare their candidacy for Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief to address Ontario leadership.

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NORTH BAY, ON (Sept 19, 2014) — As Attawapiskat First Nation celebrated the opening of their long-awaited new school today, Ontario Regional Chief Stan Beardy joined Princess Edward, Countess of Wessex and a delegation that included Nipissing First Nation Chief Marianna Couchie, Her Honour Ruth Ann Onley, incoming Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Premier Kathleen Wynne and other dignitaries in a private luncheon with First Nations students during a First Nations Education Symposium hosted by Nipissing University.

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TORONTO, ON (Sept 19, 2014) — Ontario Regional Chief Stan Beardy encourages everyone in the Thunder Bay region to visit the Walking with Our Sisters art installation opening today at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery as he continues to demand the Conservative government start a federal inquiry into the missing and murdered Indigenous women whose safety is just as important as the safety of all Canadians.

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