Canada and New Zealand focus on Indigenous cooperation

Canada and New Zealand focus on Indigenous cooperation

The agreement in question is based on the Agreement on Economic and Trade Cooperation with Indigenous Peoples (ACECPA), which was adopted last year by the two countries. Among other things, it will promote cooperation and information exchange between societies 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 Aboriginal and Maori leaders and stakeholders.

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

Canada’s Indigenous Services Minister Patti Hajdu and New Zealand’s Maori Development Minister Willie Jackson approved 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 made up 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 shared commitment of Canada and New Zealand to promote and advance the priorities of the indigenous peoples of our two countries. »

Quote from Patti Hajdu, Federal Minister for Indigenous Services

First year priorities

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

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

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

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