On 2 June 2014 Victoria Tauli-Corpuz assumed her responsibilities as the new Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, replacing Professor James Anaya. Once again Professor Anaya congratulates Ms. Tauli-Corpuz and wishes her success.
The contact information for the Mandate of the Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, which may be used to reach Ms. Tauli-Corpuz, remains the same.
Ottawa. 15 October 2013. "I am now concluding my visit to Canada in my capacity as United Nations Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples. Over the last nine days I have met with federal and provincial government authorities, and with First Nations, Inuit, and Métis leaders, organizations and individuals in several parts of the country. In addition to being in Ottawa, my meetings have taken me to various places, including indigenous territories, in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, and Québec."
James Anaya, the U.N. special rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, has conducted the United Nations’ first-ever investigation into the plight of Native Americans living in the United States. Anaya’s recommendations include advising the U.S. to return some land to Native American tribes, including South Dakota’s Black Hills, home to the famous Mt. Rushmore monument. Anaya says such a move would be a step toward addressing systemic discrimination against Native Americans that continues to this day. "The indigenous peoples of this country ... suffer from poverty, poor health conditions, lack of attainment of formal education [and] social ills at rates that far exceed those of other segments of the American population," Anaya says. "These conditions are related to a history of wrongs that they have suffered.
On 20 May 2014 Professor James Anaya made his final presentation, in his capacity as Special Rapporteur, to the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues at its annual session in New York. In his statement he reported on his activities over the past year, including his reports on visits to Canada, Panama and Peru, and he welcomed the appointment of his successor, Vicky Tauli-Corpuz, who will become the next Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples on 2 June 2014.
Additionally, he discussed aspects of the international indigenous rights movement that have been key to the progress it has made and that will continue to be important to bridge the gap between the recognition of indigenous peoples’ rights and the implementation of those rights. During the interactive dialogue following his statement Professor Anaya heard from a range of representatives of indigenous peoples and States, as well as from several members of the Permanent Forum.
GENEVA (3 October 2013) – United Nations Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, James Anaya, will visit Canada from 7 to 15 October 2013 to examine the situation of indigenous peoples in the country. This visit follows up a mission to Canada by the previous Special Rapporteur in 2004. “I will be looking at the issues faced by First Nations, Inuit and Métis people in Canada”, the human rights expert said, “including in relation to matters of reconciliation, governance and self-government; lands and resources; and health, education and economic development.” Announcing his first visit to Canada as UN Special Rapporteur, Mr. Anaya emphasized that the mission “aims at assessing the human rights concern of indigenous peoples in light of international standards to which Canada has committed, and at identifying good practices in Canadian law and policy as well as needed reforms.”
The Special Rapporteur, who visits the country at the invitation of the Government and indigenous peoples, will travel to remote communities and urban areas in the provinces of Ontario, Quebec, British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba. In these areas, he will hold discussions and consultations with indigenous peoples and their representatives and meet with federal and provincial government officials.
At the end of the seven-day mission, on 15 October 2013, Mr. Anaya will hold a press conference, from 2 to 3 pm at the National Press Theatre, located on the first floor of the National Press Building, in Ottawa, Ontario.Following the visit, the Special Rapporteur will prepare and make public a report on the visit’s findings, which will be presented to the UN Human Rights Council in September 2014.
The estimated 2.7 million Native Americans living in federally recognized tribal areas have to contend with problems like unemployment, alcoholism, sexual abuse, and suicide. Now a UN report is investigating the conditions of Native Americans in the U.S. Host Michel Martin speaks with S. James Anaya, the UN special rapporteur on indigenous peoples.
[Geneva, 12 May 2014] The Special Rapporteur releases today his reports on the situation of indigenous peoples in Panama, Canada and Peru. Each of these reports is based on research and information gathered by the Special Rapporteur, including during visits to these countries in July, October and December 2013, respectively. The report on Peru focuses especially on the situation of indigenous peoples in the context of extractive industries.
The Special Rapporteur would like to thank the Governments of Panama, Canada and Peru for cooperating with his mandate during and after the visits, and would also like to thank the indigenous peoples with whom he met in each country, who shared their stories, concerns and aspirations with him.
These are the final country reports to be issued by James Anaya before he ends his mandate in June 2014. The Special Rapporteur will be briefly discussing these reports during this statement and interactive dialogue before the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues on Tuesday, 20 May 2014, from 1 to 3 pm.
7 October - Ontario: Meetings with government and indigenous representatives
8 October - Ontario: Meetings with government and indigenous representatives
9 October - Quebec: Meetings with government and indigenous representatives
10 October - British Columbia: For information about opportunities to participate in meetings in Vancouver please write to:
11 October - Alberta: For information about opportunities to participate in meetings in the Edmonton area please write to:
12 October - Manitoba: For information about opportunities to participate in meetings in Winnipeg please write to:
13 October - Saskatchewan: For information about opportunities to participate in meetings in Southern Saskatchewan, please write to:
14 October - Ontario: For information about opportunities to participate in meetings in Ottawa, please write to:
15 October - Ontario: Press conference from 2 to 3 PM, National Press Theatre, Ottawa
Please be aware that, due to the large volume of requests, we will not be able to respond to all inquiries individually and not all of those interested may be able to participate in meetings. However, written information for consideration may be sent at any time to
Statement of theUnited Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, James Anaya, upon conclusion of his visit to the United States
4 May 2012
Washington, D.C.– "In my capacity as United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, I am concluding my official visit to the United States of America, which I have been carrying out over the past twelve days. During my mission, I have held consultations with indigenous peoples, tribes, and nations in Washington, D.C.; Arizona; Alaska; Oregon; Washington State; South Dakota; and Oklahoma, both in Indian Country and in urban areas. I also had a series of meetings with representatives of the executive branch of the federal government and with state government officials. I regret that my efforts to meet with members of the U.S. Congress were unsuccessful, especially given the prominent role of Congress in defining the status and rights of indigenous peoples within the United States.
I would like to thank the U.S. Department of State and other parts of the government administration for the cooperation they have provided for the mission. I would also like to express my deep gratitude to representatives of indigenous nations and peoples whose assistance in planning and carrying out of this visit has been indispensible. I am honored to have been welcomed into their communities and am humbled by the hospitality I received. I am grateful that they shared their still vibrant cultures and stories, and also their concerns with me.
The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Professor James Anaya, will carry out an official visit to Canada from 7 to 15 October 2013. The aim of the Special Rapporteur's visit to Canada is to examine the human rights situation of the indigenous peoples of the country. During the visit, the Special Rapporteur will hold meetings and consultations with government officials, as well as with indigenous nations and their representatives in various locations.
The Special Rapporteur is currently developing his agenda to visit locations throughout Canada. Further information and updates about the agenda of the Special Rapporteur, including opportunities to participate in consultations, will be made public on the website of the Special Rapporteur as it becomes available: www.unsr.jamesanaya.org. Please check that website periodically for updates.
The Special Rapporteur invites indigenous peoples and organizations, and other interested parties, to send information relevant to the visit to Canada or any other aspect of the mandate to:
. Please be aware that, due to the large volume of invitations and information submitted, the Special Rapporteur may not be able to respond individually to each request.
The findings from the Special Rapporteur's visit will be reflected in a preliminary report that will be submitted to Canada for its comments and consideration. A final version of the report will be circulated publicly and presented to the United Nations Human Rights Council. The report will include recommendations to Canada, indigenous governing bodies and, possibly, other interested parties on how to address issues of ongoing concern to indigenous peoples.