The Chief of the Pictou Landing First Nation, Andrea Paul, is one of two commissioners with the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission that will attend a United Nations meeting on the rights of Indigenous peoples. The meeting, to be held in Geneva, Switzerland begins Monday and wraps up next Friday, the 14th. The other commissioner making the trip is Cheryl Knockwood, a lawyer who works with the Membertou First Nation as its governance coordinator.
The commission’s director and CEO Christine Hanson expects Paul and Knockwood will be instrumental in helping to bring attention to Indigenous rights in Nova Scotia and the country as a whole.
The meeting is organized by the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. The session is held annually to discuss how the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples can improve indigenous peoples’ lives. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the declaration.