Oh, Canada. Helped to write a UN declaration on aboriginal rights (it took about a decade) and then (after a change in government) was one of only four countries (in the General Assembly, as the 61st session comes to a close) to vote against it. More here. Joining with the US, Australia and New Zealand. Colonies United.

Bulletin from the General Assembly with a report of the vote. Here’s the declaration. And here’s the ambassador’s speech, if you’re able for it.

Updates: News from the CBC, sorrow from Lori at metislaw and a thoughtful Australian perspective from Nic.