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The Canadian Press
OTTAWA - A United Nations fact-finder is arriving in Canada today to get a first-hand look at the plight of Canada's First Nations.
Law professor James Anaya will speak to First Nations representatives and government officials as he drafts a report for the U-N.
Anaya will also look at their living conditions and says he hopes to hear from as many people as he can.
As the U-N's special representative on indigenous rights, Anaya is responsible for promoting laws and policies that support indigenous peoples around the world.
He has no binding authority, instead aiming to shame governments into action by bringing unacceptable conditions to light.
The Harper government will get a chance to respond to Anaya's findings before a final report is circulated and presented next year to the U-N Human Rights Council.
Anaya is in Canada for the next nine days.