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Toronto, Canada.

Taken at the annual aboriginal festival at the Rogers Centre. Always an interesting and colourful event. I was here with the youth I work with so I didn't have much time for photos--and when we split off and I finally had the time, my batts ran out. heh.

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A political note: the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples is to be voted upon any day now. Twelve years in the making, the vote was delayed last week due to Canadian, US, Australian, and NZ resistance.

I spoke with Vicky Corpuz, UN Chair of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, about this and she expressed her shock at Canada. Despite it's assumed moral high ground with human rights issues, it remains one of the key oppressors of indigenous rights. Vicky especially had harsh words for Cdn oil and mining corps.

Our PM got alot of press last week after the Chinese snubbed him after he apparently insisted in speaking out about human rights. Vicky had this to say:

"Itís all show of course. [Canada] likes to use human rights to get more deals from the Chinese. It's all very economic, a very self-serving thing [for the purpose of] gaining economic profit."

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