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Toronto (Nov 25, 2015) – Today, November 25, marks the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. Statistics show that First Nations women and girls are disproportionately affected by violence. With over 1,200 reported cases of violence, eradicating this systemic issue against Indigenous women is a Canada-wide priority.

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.