U.N. official 'shocked' by conditions on reserves

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TUESDAY, MAY 6, 2003

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Situation of the Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms of Indigenous People was "shocked" by the conditions on First Nations reserves in Manitoba, CBC News reports.

"I saw poverty which impressed me because I didn't expect to find poverty, in conditions of living, the housing, particularly the housing situation," said Rodolfo Stavenhagen. "I was told about unemployment and about problems regarding other social services such as healthcare and education."

Stavenhagen's visit to three reserves wasn't an official U.N. excursion but he plans one in the future.

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United Nations official takes look at Manitoba reserves (CBC 5/5)