By Patrick Quinn Local Journalism Initiative Reporter The Cree Nation played a prominent role at this year’s United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII). The theme at the largest global gathering of Indigenous leaders, which began April 17, was a rights-based approach to human health, planetary and territorial health, and climate change. Cree Nation Government Justice Director Donald Nicholls has observed the advisory body’s vast progress since it first held annual meetings in 2002. “I’ve been going to the permanent forum since it first started and definitely you can notice the difference,” Nicholls told the Nation. “I was told there were about 8,000 people this time. We used to have the Indigenous caucus in these small rooms and now it’s much more elaborate with translation and you get much
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