Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Mexico and Canada renew alliance to strengthen rights of indigenous peoples

Mexico moves forward in a new relationship with indigenous peoples that is based on the recognition, respect and effective exercise of their fundamental rights.

Mexico Canada Diariojuridico

Within the framework of the North American Leaders’ Summit, Mexico and Canada signed a memorandum of understanding on cooperation.

At the end of the bilateral meeting within the framework of the North American Leaders’ Summit, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador of Mexico and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada signed a Memorandum of Understanding between the National Institute. Indigenous Peoples (INPI) and the Department of Crown and Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada.

Canada and Mexico share a common identity as nations with rich indigenous heritage, and both are on a path of reconciliation with indigenous peoples.

Both countries recognize that the inclusion and participation of indigenous communities is essential for promoting full and sustainable development in the long term as well as self-reliance, prosperity and well-being in the region.

In this sense, the renewal of the MoU confirms the commitment of the Governments of Mexico and Canada to strengthen cooperation in indigenous affairs in order to achieve genuine inclusive development, thereby improving their income and quality of life without losing their cultural identity. it happens.

Under the principle established by the first Mexican president, that “For the good of all, first the poorest, the most humble and forgotten people, especially indigenous peoples”, The Government of Mexico moves forward in new relationships with indigenous and Afro-Mexican people and communities by placing them at the center of its public policies.

This relationship is based on the recognition, respect and effective exercise of their fundamental rights as subjects of public law, as well as on the protection of their autonomy, self-determination, forms of organization, their lands, territories, natural resources and ancestral property . Culture.

INPI’s general director, Adelfo Regino Montes, who was present at the signing of the agreement, explained that it aims for both instances – within the scope of their powers – to strengthen and promote respect for political, social, economic, spiritual and religious values. environment of indigenous peoples.

Both nations agreed to allow the exchange of information on their indigenous peoples to facilitate the development of policies, programmes, projects and strategies, with the protection of personal data, in accordance with the respective national regulations. law. ,

Noting that Mexico and Canada share a close, enduring and mutually beneficial relationship, with the renewal of the Memorandum of Understanding they recognize the integral and unique role of indigenous peoples, as well as the diversity of their cultures and languages, and Also recognize their contribution to prosperity.

Likewise, they reaffirm the need to respect and promote the inherent rights of indigenous peoples as recognized in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on 13 September 2007.

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