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Canada unjust place for aboriginals: Professor

Canadian aboriginals hold placards to call for justice over their missing and murdered people during a protest rally. (Photo by Media Indigena)

Press TV has conducted an interview with Anthony Hall, professor of Globalization at the Lethbridge University, to ask for his insight on the violation of aboriginals’ human rights in Canada.

The following is a rough transcription of the interview.

Press TV: the aboriginal Canadians continue to protest injustice and ill treatment by the central government. How are they being marginalized?

Hall: In many ways of course the prisons are full of indigenous people...The suicide rates [in] every index of socio-economic well-being demonstrates that Canada’s a very unjust place.

The human rights of the indigenous people are not respected in Canada. And even [Canadian Prime Minister Stephen] Harper has been particularly harsh. There has been a very strong movement called Idle No More. And we’re in the midst of an election campaign.

So it’s very important to stress this very black mark on Canada in the international community because Canada’s reputation internationally is suffering for its maltreatment of the indigenous people.

Press TV: Such protests have been going on for years. Is there any hope or prospect that the government may change things anytime soon?

Hall: I think the strongest leverage is the embarrassment that Canada is facing, for instance [there are] over 1,000 murdered and missing aboriginal women. There’s something very wrong with the police structure. These murders don’t get properly investigated, so, Canada cannot point fingers at other countries and say you are human rights violators, while [it] has such grotesque human rights violations within its own country.

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