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Expert Seminar on Treaties, Agreements and other Constructive Arrangements between States and Indigenous Peoples, Hobbema, Alberta (14-17 November 2006)

The United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva and the Four Nations of Hobbema are holding an Expert seminar on treaties, agreements and other constructive arrangements between States and indigenous peoples to follow up on the recommendations included in the final report of the Special Rapporteur, Mr. Miguel Alfonso Martinez, and explore best practices for the implementation of treaties, agreements and other constructive arrangements, at the national and international level.

The seminar is scheduled for 14 to 17 November 2006, in Alberta, Canada, and will be held in the Samson Cree Nation of the Maskwacis Cree territory. The Maskwacis Cree includes Samson Cree Nation, Ermineskin Cree Nation, Louis Bull Tribe and Montana Cree Nation. The theme for the seminar is “Practical strategies and best practices for the implementation of treaties, agreements and other constructive arrangements between States and indigenous peoples”.

Prior to the United Nations seminar, the Confederacy of Treaty Six First Nations, in conjunction with the Enoch Cree Nation Chief and Council, are hosting an International Indigenous Nations Treaty Summit to take place on 12 and 13 November 2006.

Documentation:

- Provisional agenda
- Information note

Background documents:

- Studies on treaties, agreements and other constructive arrangemnents between States and indigenous populations (by Miguel Alfonso Martínez) (E/CN.4/Sub.2/1999/20)
- Report of the Seminar on Treaties, agreements and other constructive arrangements between States and indigenous populations (15-17 December 2003)
(E/CN.4/Sub.2/AC.4/2004/7 and Corr. 1)
- Conclusions and recommendations of the Seminar on treaties (15-17 December 2003) (E/CN.4/2004/111)
- Conclusions and recommendations presented by the Government of Canada to the Seminar on treaties (15-17 December 2003) (E/CN.4/2004/111/Add.1)

Background papers prepared by (Seminar 2003):

- Mr. James W. Zion for the National Indian Youth Council and the Navajo Working Group for Human Rights
- Sr. Marcelino Diaz de Jesús Presidente del Consejo de Pueblos Nahuas del Alto Balsas, Guerrero (México)
- Ms. Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz Director, Indigenous World Association
- Ms. Ruth Sidchogan-Batani Research coordinator, Tebtebba (Indigenous Peoples' International Centre for Policy Research and Education)
- Ms. Tove Søvndahl Pedersen Greenland Rule Government
- The International Indian Treaty Council
- Mr. Joseph Ole Simel Mainyoito Pastoralists Integrated Development Organisation
- Mr. Devasish Roy Taungya and Hill Tracts NGO Forum Organizations
- The Government of Canada
- The Teton Sioux Nation Treaty Council and Na Koa Kailca Kalahui Hawaii
- Ms. Sharon Venne, Akaitcho Dene Treaty 8
- Sr. Atencio López Martinez Asociación Napguana
- Sr. Mario Ibarra Experto independiente
- Mr. George Wes on behalf of the Ochapowace and Cowessess First Nations, the South East Treaty Tribal Council and the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations
Mrs. Claire Charters Victoria University of Wellington
- Mr. Viktor Kaisiëpo Dewan Adat Papua
- The Government of Canada (en français)
- Mr. Liton Bom
- Sr. Pablo Gutiérrez Vega Universidad de Sevilla
- Mr. Les Malezer Foundation for Aboriginal and Islander Research Action (FAIRA)
- Ambassador Ronald Barnes Indigenous Peoples and Nations Coalition-Alaska
- Mr. Jérémie Gilbert, Irish Centre for Human Rights