Indigenous delegates and Minister Hajdu conclude trip to Aotearoa-New Zealand

Indigenous delegates and Minister Hajdu conclude trip to Aotearoa-New Zealand

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OTTAWAUNCEDED TRADITIONAL ALGONQUIN TERRITORY, OVER, August 31, 2022 /CNW Telbec/ – Indigenous Services of Canada

A group of indigenous delegates from around Canadabeside Patty HajduMinister for Indigenous Services, have concluded their visit to Aotearoa-New Zealand.

Minister Hajdu traveled with a delegation that included dawn madahbee leachthe President of the National Board for Indigenous Economic Development; Brenda GunnProfessor and Academic and Research Director of the National Center for Truth and Reconciliation, University of Manitoba; Sharon Nate, Executive Director of Matawa First Nations Education; Y Gerry SharpePresident of Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada. Minister Hajdu and the indigenous delegation were received and supported by officials from Te Puni Kōkiri and Canada High Commission in New Zealand.

What Canada and Aotearoa-New Zealand strengthen our close and productive relationship, as do the Indigenous Peoples in Canada and maori in New Zealand. In the multi-stop visit, Minister Hajdu and delegates met with government and Maori leaders to share experiences and insights on topics such as education, economic prosperity, responses to the COVID-19 pandemic, health care reform, recognition of rights and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, among others. Key areas of discussion and focus on the trip included social and economic development, language restoration, cultural resilience, and collaboration and partnership to improve the well-being of indigenous peoples in both countries.

Minister Hajdu and the delegation were formally received at New Zealand Parliament in a pōwhiri (ceremony) that included speeches, chants and the hongi, a traditional Maori greeting. Following the pōwhiri, Minister Hajdu, on behalf of the Government of Canada, and Minister Jackson, representing the Government of Aotearoa-New Zealand, signed an Indigenous Collaboration Agreement. The Agreement will promote and facilitate economic, political, social, educational, welfare, cultural and environmental cooperation, in line with broader efforts to improve relations between the Crown and indigenous people in both countries. The Agreement builds on the momentum of Canada approval of the Agreement on Economic and Commercial Cooperation of the Indigenous Peoples in december 2021.

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The delegation also met with Te Wānanga o Aotearoa, a Maori post-secondary institution and learning environment, located in Wellingtonthe capital city of New Zealand. After the meeting, Minister Hajdu and the indigenous delegation visited Ngāti Toa Rangatira, a Maori iwi (tribe). This visit focused on self-determination and taking a whānau ora (family-centered) approach to service design and delivery.

Other productive meetings and discussions included those with Maori and government officials, including the Honorable Nanaia Mahuta, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Associate Minister for Maori Development, and the Honorable Willie Jackson, Minister for Maori Development. before leaving Wellington, Minister Hajdu and the indigenous delegation met with the Maori Economic Development Advisory Board. This meeting focused on how indigenous communities are supported and enabled from the perspective of family (whānau), community, resilience, business and employment.

Minister Hajdu and the indigenous delegation then traveled to Auckland, where meetings with indigenous and government leaders focused on health, wellness, housing and social services. The meeting with the Te Whānau o Waipareira Trust, the Maori National Urban Authority and the agency in charge of Whānau Ora (family health) provided a great opportunity to discuss service delivery, family centered care and the importance of supporting indigenous peoples in urban settings.

The delegation also visited Tolaga Bay, where they toured a school and discussed climate change, as well as how local Maori leaders have protected community members from COVID-19. The Minister and indigenous delegation then met with the leaders of Whāngārā Farms, a Māori-owned initiative that ensures Māori have a sustainable economic base to support their whānau and local community.

The trip concluded in Waitangi with a meeting with Waitangi National Trust leaders from across the country to bless the Bilateral Agreement in the same area where the Treaty of Waitangi was first signed in 1840. The Treaty of Waitangi guides relations between the Maori and the Government of Aotearoa-New Zealand.

Throughout the trip, Minister Hajdu and the indigenous delegation were warmly received by local Maori, government agencies and local communities with immense hospitality and honesty. The foundations have been laid to build partnerships, share lessons learned and advance results in both countries, and the work will continue between Canada and the Government of Aotearoa-New Zealand.

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“Leading this delegation of amazing women has been inspiring, moving and has helped strengthen and build new relationships with the people of Aotearoa-New Zealand. Our meetings with Maori, government agencies and local communities taught us a lot and reaffirmed the need to continue our work to honor, respect, and uphold the rights of Indigenous Peoples. Our recently signed Indigenous Collaboration Agreement will create formal ways for our two countries to do this work together. Tēnā koutou to everyone who warmly welcomed us to Aotearoa -New Zealand, and the indigenous delegation that accompanied us on this trip. We have learned a lot from each other. Now we move forward to create better futures for the next generations.”

The Honorable Patty Hajdu
Minister of Indigenous Services

“The deepening of CanadaNew Zealand The relationship on indigenous business issues and intergovernmental collaboration is a powerful catalyst for change. Both Canada Y New Zealand they are beginning to understand the value and complexities of indigenous knowledge and kinship. Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities alike thrive when Indigenous jurisdiction and authority, and cultural values ​​and languages ​​are affirmed and celebrated; when fair solutions to land-related claims are implemented, and when reliable community infrastructure is realized. Sharing knowledge in partnership and increasing the participation of indigenous peoples in the national economy and international trade will benefit everyone. Canada Y New Zealand. The relationships we create and nurture today among the indigenous peoples of Canada and the Maori of Aotearoa-New Zealand will help ensure the well-being of our future generations.”

dawn madahbee leach
President of the National Board for Indigenous Economic Development

“Aotearoa-New Zealand and Canada they are two countries on a similar path of reconciliation between indigenous peoples and the state. This delegation has been an opportunity to strengthen our partnership as we work towards a future determined by indigenous voices.”

Brenda Gunn
Academic and Research Director of the National Center for Truth and Reconciliation

“As an Anishinaabe equay from the Eabametoong First Nation, I am humbled and honored to be on this journey, to meet those from Aotearoa who, similarly to Canadacontinue to dedicate their efforts to regenerate our languages ​​and prosper as First Peoples.”

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Sharon Nate
Executive Director of Education, Matawa First Nations

“This week’s events in New Zealand they represent a positive step forward for equality, participation and recognition of Inuit women’s leadership. While Inuit women continue to face significant barriers to full economic, social and political participation in Canadathe signing of the Indigenous Collaboration Agreement provides a starting point to connect with the Maori of New Zealand and share our experiences and promising practices on an international stage. Going forward, we look forward to exploring opportunities to advance Inuit women, girls, and gender-diverse people, and to build strong partnerships with indigenous peoples in both countries.

This journey has been very overwhelming, very significant, very special! The ties that indigenous peoples feel with the land, the animals and the air cannot be broken. What we have known since the beginning of time, when humans first came to earth, what the creator gave us, we know that we must protect it and give it to our children and grandchildren, and all of his grandchildren to come. We are the stewards, the guardians and the teachers. This journey is an example of our kinship and shows how we can move the rest of the world forward with us, to care for what we know is a gift.”

Gerry Sharpe
President of Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada

Associated Links

Indigenous Collaboration Agreement between the Government of Canada and the Government of Aotearoa-New Zealand
Canada and Aotearoa-New Zealand sign Indigenous Collaboration Agreement
government of new zealand
High Commission of Canada in New Zealand
Agreement on Economic and Commercial Cooperation of Indigenous Peoples
Canada–New Zealand relations

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