Canada and New Zealand focus on indigenous cooperation

Canada and New Zealand focus on indigenous cooperation

The agreement in question builds on the Agreement on Economic and Commercial Cooperation with Indigenous Peoples (ACECPA), which was adopted last year by the two countries. Among other things, it will promote cooperation and exchange of information between communities regarding economic, cultural, social and environmental policies.

Canadian and New Zealand government officials have been working on this agreement for the past two years, in partnership with Indigenous and Maori leaders and stakeholders.

Federal Indigenous Services Minister Patty Hajdu welcomed Wellington’s visit to the collaborative arrangement, which she says will help the advancement of Indigenous peoples in Canada and Maori in New Zealand through the sharing of experiences.

Canada’s Indigenous Services Minister Patty Hajdu and New Zealand’s Maori Development Minister Willie Jackson endorsed the deal on Wednesday.

Photo: Credit/Indigenous Services Canada

Note that Minister Hajdu made a six-day trip to New Zealand on Monday, accompanied by a delegation of Aboriginal representatives.

Together with an inspiring delegation composed entirely of Aboriginal women, I am honored to sign this collaborative arrangement on behalf of the Government of CanadaThe Federal Minister said in a press release.

The Convention formalizes the joint commitment of Canada and New Zealand to promote and advance the priorities of the indigenous peoples of our two countries. »

Quote from Patty Hajdu, Federal Minister for Indigenous Services

First year priorities

Through this agreement, Canada and New Zealand committed for the next year to strengthen several areas, including the recognition of the collective rights and responsibilities of indigenous peoples. It also intends to promote the right to self-determination and provide services in essential areas such as health and wellness.

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The Canadian and New Zealand governments also want to encourage more Indigenous people’s participation in international organizations, including the United Nations, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, and Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation.

For Minister Hajdu, signing this agreement is only one step, but there is still a lot more to come, she said. Together, with Indigenous partners, leaders and representatives, we will continue to advance Indigenous priorities and self-determination in Canada and New Zealand.

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