James Anaya — United Nations' special rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoplesThe NDP have sent a letter to Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird urging him to approve a year old request by James Anaya — the United Nations' special rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples — to come to Canada for an official visit.
In an email exchange with Yahoo! Canada News, in January, Anaya said that he's made at least two requests to the Harper government.
"Under the relevant procedures and rules of the United Nations and its member States, I am required to have the consent of the government of a country in order to enter it for an official visit in my capacity as UN Special Rapporteur," he wrote adding that he has received several requests from First Nations in Canada to visit the country.
"In February of 2012 I formally communicated to the Government of Canada my desire to conduct an official visit to and requested its cooperation for the visit. I have since reiterated that request to the Government."Read More »from UN special advisor on indigenous rights still not allowed to visit Canada