...Asserting Our Rightful Status as a People...
Rosemarie Kuptana, President, Inuit Tapirisat, Canada:
'The essence of the relationship between Inuit and Canada is an unequal power relationship in which Inuit rights have been ignored and Inuit powers have been usurped by governments not of our making.
The Inuit self government and land claims agenda hopes to correct this by negotiating new government bodies in our territories, and asserting our rightful status as a people while respecting the human rights of other people.'
Keywords: Canada, Inuit, 1999
'People to People, Nation to Nation', Highlights from the Report of the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples, P 112. Courtesy of the Privy Council Office, Canada. Reproduced with the permission of the Minister of Public Works and Government Services Canada, 1999.
Author: Nettheim, Garth