Mr. Willie Littlechild (Wetaskiwin):
Mr. Speaker, on December 10 Canada moved a motion at the United Nations proclaiming 1993 the International Year of the World's Indigenous People. The main objective was to strengthen international co-operation for the solution of problems faced by indigenous communities, such as human rights, environment, development, education and health.
I ask this House to acknowledge and thank the many individuals and NGOs that worked so hard to make this a reality, in particular the International Organization for Indigenous Resource Development and its members, the Four Nations of Hobbema, the Council of Energy Resource Tribes, the Grand Council of Crees, the Four Directions Council and the four chiefs: Victor Buffalo, Herman Roasting, Leo Cattleman and John Ermineskin, along with the Secretary of State for External Affairs and Dennis Marantz.
The theme for this year is "Indigenous People-A New Partnership". I request all our colleagues in both chambers to support the many activities and programs that will occur throughout 1993 to ensure and secure a new and positive partnership in Canada.
Subtopic: INDIGENOUS PEOPLE