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allthecanadianpolitics:

Canada sets lowest standard at World Conference on Indigenous Peoples

Matthew Coon Come is the Grand Chief of the Grand Council of the Crees (Eeyou Istchee) and the chairperson of the Cree Regional Authority.
The World Conference on Indigenous Peoples (WCIP), an historic two-day meeting, began on Sept. 22 at the UN General Assembly in New York.
I and other indigenous leaders attended the meeting with heads of government, ambassadors and ministers. We went there to witness and contribute to a new chapter of our history. We went to celebrate indigenous peoples’ human rights and new and renewed commitments by UN members states in international law.
Unfortunately, Canada’s prime minister did not attend. Nor did any minister from Stephen Harper’s government. Since its election in 2006, the government has refused to acknowledge within Canada that indigenous peoples’ collective rights are human rights.
The idea for WCIP arose in 1993 at the World Conference on Human Rights in Vienna, Austria. However, it was indigenous leader Evo Morales who worked to achieve the WCIP.  Upon his election as president of Bolivia in 2006, he pledged that he would propose a WCIP.  It was the impetus of Morales that resulted in the UN General Assembly officially agreeing to hold a WCIP in 2014.
The highlight of this conference was the General Assembly’s adoption by consensus of an outcome document, which includes the commitments of UN  member states on a wide range of issues. Key matters are addressed such as indigenous youth, health, language and culture, access to justice, and violence and discrimination against indigenous peoples and individuals, in particular women.
Only Canada questioned ‘free, prior and informed consent’
The centrepiece of the document is the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. In his opening remarks, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon declared,“I am proud that the General Assembly adopted the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples during my first year in office … that set minimum standards for the survival, dignity and well-being of indigenous peoples. … And we are joining forces with indigenous peoples to reach our common goals.”
Regretfully, Canada was the only state in the world that chose to request an explanation of vote. In regard to the outcome document, Canada claimed it cannot accept the two paragraphs on “free, prior and informed consent,” which is widely accepted in international law.
Canada implied consent may constitute some kind of absolute “veto,” but never explained what the term means. Canada also objected to the commitment “to uphold the principles of the declaration,” since it was somehow incompatible with Canada’s constitution.
Arguments ‘contradict own endorsement of UN declaration’
These arguments are false. They contradict Canada’s own endorsement of the UN declaration in 2010, which concluded: “We are now confident that Canada can interpret the principles expressed in the declaration in a manner that is consistent with our constitution and legal framework.”
Canada failed to disclose this conclusion to the General Assembly. In so doing, Canada has misled the General Assembly, member states and indigenous peoples globally. Canada has failed to uphold the honour of the Crown.
Such actions against the human rights of indigenous peoples betray Canada’s constitution. Good governance is not possible without respect and protection for indigenous peoples’ human rights. Harmonious and cooperative relations — which is also highlighted in the UN declaration — require no less.
For years, the Harper government has refused to consult indigenous rights-holders on crucial issues, especially when it involves international forums. This repeated failure to consult violates Canada’s duty under Canadian constitutional and international law.
In his opening remarks, Ban declared to indigenous peoples from all regions of the world, “You will always have a home at the United Nations.” Yet in our own home in Canada, the federal government refuses to respect democracy, the rule of law and human rights.
For thirty years, the James Bay Crees have always defended and advanced indigenous peoples’ rights at the UN and other international forums. And we will continue to achieve success.
Canada’s low standards have not and cannot prevent the increasing influence of the UN declaration in Canada and worldwide.


When other countries start realizing that Stephen Harper is a huge dickwad. YAY!

allthecanadianpolitics:

Canada sets lowest standard at World Conference on Indigenous Peoples

Matthew Coon Come is the Grand Chief of the Grand Council of the Crees (Eeyou Istchee) and the chairperson of the Cree Regional Authority.

The World Conference on Indigenous Peoples (WCIP), an historic two-day meeting, began on Sept. 22 at the UN General Assembly in New York.

I and other indigenous leaders attended the meeting with heads of government, ambassadors and ministers. We went there to witness and contribute to a new chapter of our history. We went to celebrate indigenous peoples’ human rights and new and renewed commitments by UN members states in international law.

Unfortunately, Canada’s prime minister did not attend. Nor did any minister from Stephen Harper’s government. Since its election in 2006, the government has refused to acknowledge within Canada that indigenous peoples’ collective rights are human rights.

The idea for WCIP arose in 1993 at the World Conference on Human Rights in Vienna, Austria. However, it was indigenous leader Evo Morales who worked to achieve the WCIP.  Upon his election as president of Bolivia in 2006, he pledged that he would propose a WCIP.  It was the impetus of Morales that resulted in the UN General Assembly officially agreeing to hold a WCIP in 2014.

The highlight of this conference was the General Assembly’s adoption by consensus of an outcome document, which includes the commitments of UN  member states on a wide range of issues. Key matters are addressed such as indigenous youth, health, language and culture, access to justice, and violence and discrimination against indigenous peoples and individuals, in particular women.

Only Canada questioned ‘free, prior and informed consent’

The centrepiece of the document is the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. In his opening remarks, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon declared,“I am proud that the General Assembly adopted the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples during my first year in office … that set minimum standards for the survival, dignity and well-being of indigenous peoples. … And we are joining forces with indigenous peoples to reach our common goals.”

Regretfully, Canada was the only state in the world that chose to request an explanation of vote. In regard to the outcome document, Canada claimed it cannot accept the two paragraphs on “free, prior and informed consent,” which is widely accepted in international law.

Canada implied consent may constitute some kind of absolute “veto,” but never explained what the term means. Canada also objected to the commitment “to uphold the principles of the declaration,” since it was somehow incompatible with Canada’s constitution.

Arguments ‘contradict own endorsement of UN declaration’

These arguments are false. They contradict Canada’s own endorsement of the UN declaration in 2010, which concluded: “We are now confident that Canada can interpret the principles expressed in the declaration in a manner that is consistent with our constitution and legal framework.”

Canada failed to disclose this conclusion to the General Assembly. In so doing, Canada has misled the General Assembly, member states and indigenous peoples globally. Canada has failed to uphold the honour of the Crown.

Such actions against the human rights of indigenous peoples betray Canada’s constitution. Good governance is not possible without respect and protection for indigenous peoples’ human rights. Harmonious and cooperative relations — which is also highlighted in the UN declaration — require no less.

For years, the Harper government has refused to consult indigenous rights-holders on crucial issues, especially when it involves international forums. This repeated failure to consult violates Canada’s duty under Canadian constitutional and international law.

In his opening remarks, Ban declared to indigenous peoples from all regions of the world, “You will always have a home at the United Nations.” Yet in our own home in Canada, the federal government refuses to respect democracy, the rule of law and human rights.

For thirty years, the James Bay Crees have always defended and advanced indigenous peoples’ rights at the UN and other international forums. And we will continue to achieve success.

Canada’s low standards have not and cannot prevent the increasing influence of the UN declaration in Canada and worldwide.

When other countries start realizing that Stephen Harper is a huge dickwad. YAY!

queensuperwholock:

gingergiggles:

paimon001:

nachosinthetardis:

there are nice americans

there are rude americans

there are nice brits

there are rude brits

there are nice canadians

there’s justin bieber

Every year on Canadian Thanksgiving, we perform a ritual to purge ourselves of our rudeness, Bieber absorbs it all. He was never meant to escape, we are sorry.

He was never meant to escape.

…I’ve only seen this legendary post in screenshots

We’re very very sorry.

huffingtonpost:

This Man With Severe Cerebral Palsy Created Mind-Blowing Art Using Just A Typewriter

Last year, 22-time Emmy award-winning reporter John Stofflet posted this news video he created for KING-TV in 2004, featuring Paul Smith and his artistic talents.

See the full video to see more of Smith’s artworks and to learn more about his inspiring story go here. 

Keep making art. In any way you can :) if it makes you happy

anemicshoe:

Illustrated perfectly:

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A normal and complex looking breathing idle

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Strange mouth-breathing, completely static lower lip & jaw

It dosn`t matter one fig if your shy animation is amazing and cute, when your idle expression and animation looks terrible. People don`t go…

Mouth-breathing is STILL better than whitewashed worgen and those aren’t fixed either even though I’ve been bitching about it repeatedly. 8|”

Saying your issues are more important is a little selfish don’t you think? Blizzard dropped the ball on many aspects of this character upgrade. People’s eyecolors completely different. Sameface issue barely dealt with on most female races. 
Seems like everyone has something to be dissatisfied about. Many to the point of not wanting to use the new character models as it looks so different.

Its gross as heck that blizz whitewashed your character. Don’t assume it was done on purpose though, colors are off everywhere. They seem to be insanely rushing with everything and im sure the artists are being kicked in the back of the head to meet deadlines. Needless to say they need to extend their work time into WoD patches and make it right for EVERY model.

Most people don’t even notice what is wrong if they don’t actually play that model. I thought human females looked awesome, until I saw the threads critiquing the faces. 

Female tauren have a slew of facial issues not limited to and including; complete change of anatomical size and features, lack of full nosepad, perpetual dopey expression and a lazy idle animation.

They even have the same issue your worgen has of being a completely different shade of skin/fur than they originally were! My lovely golden tauren is now a brown.

Don’t put down other people’s model issues! Support them and champion their edits alongside your own :) We haven’t heard a single official word on any of our issues either >.<.

lobstmourne:

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i knew they forgot about somebody, i was like ‘wheres the kargath dude’. hes not important enough to write lore for i guess. Sounds like a couple other characters we know.

They did one for…

Also what do the horde leaders think about all this? Are they just all WOAH taken by surprise or are they also in the know when Varian is? Do we get to see Garrosh’s escape in the pre-expansion activities?

D8

taruhanako:

Tauren sculpture 2 by TaruHanako
Next time: unpainted sculpture and details! :)

Ahhh look at this amazing sculpture by Taru! All from scratch and so detailed :3 Amazing work. I especially like the spaulders and the braids!

taruhanako:

Tauren sculpture 2 by TaruHanako

Next time: unpainted sculpture and details! :)

Ahhh look at this amazing sculpture by Taru! All from scratch and so detailed :3 Amazing work. I especially like the spaulders and the braids!

Iron artist sketch for Healpanda of her worgen druid taking some time with her pet dread hatchling.Usually when drawing worgen I do make them look more like anthro jackals/wolves than their ingame models xD (which I dislike immensely) Tails and extra digits do the job! T11 is one of the nicest looking druid sets too :)

Iron artist sketch for Healpanda of her worgen druid taking some time with her pet dread hatchling.

Usually when drawing worgen I do make them look more like anthro jackals/wolves than their ingame models xD (which I dislike immensely) Tails and extra digits do the job! T11 is one of the nicest looking druid sets too :)

One of the biggest issues with the new femtauren:

Illustrated perfectly:

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A normal and complex looking breathing idle 

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Strange mouth-breathing, completely static lower lip & jaw

It dosn`t matter one fig if your shy animation is amazing and cute, when your idle expression and animation looks terrible. People don`t go around spamming their emotes constantly without annoying people. 

Heres hoping its not too late to get this fixed!

Today is mine and the Hubby&#8217;s wedding anniversary :3 as custom I have drawn something heart-attack-worthy cute to mark the occasion, of our two bear hybrid characters.6 Years today I married my lovely squishy. My online love and my soulmate on the other side of the world. Distance couldn&#8217;t keep us apart for long.This year we made some very important life choices and feel closer than ever as a family unit &lt;3 

Today is mine and the Hubby’s wedding anniversary :3 as custom I have drawn something heart-attack-worthy cute to mark the occasion, of our two bear hybrid characters.

6 Years today I married my lovely squishy. My online love and my soulmate on the other side of the world. Distance couldn’t keep us apart for long.

This year we made some very important life choices and feel closer than ever as a family unit <3 

Iron artist for Marhawa :) its always nice to be commissioned to draw lovey things.His tauren characters sharing a snuggly moment in their tent looking out over mulgore and the great wall. 

Iron artist for Marhawa :) its always nice to be commissioned to draw lovey things.

His tauren characters sharing a snuggly moment in their tent looking out over mulgore and the great wall.