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In October 2007: Belize's Chief Justice referred to the Declaration when he ordered the government to return land taken from the Mayan people.
|November 2007: the Inter-American Court of Human Rights ruled in favor of the Saramaka people in Suriname to settle a logging case. The court referred to Article 32 of the Declaration. ”|
|February 2008: Australia formally apologized to aboriginals and their families for the “Stolen Generations” -- the forced removal of indigenous children from their tribes. It has had devastating effects on generations of indigenous Australians.|
|In April 2008: Canada's House of Commons endorsed the Declaration and called on Parliament and government to fully implement its standards .|
|June 2008, Prime Minister Stephen Harper of Canada apologized to 80,000 former Native students, their families and their communities for forcing the children from homes to attend Indian residential schools.|
|June 2008, Japan formally recognized the Ainu people as indigenous people of Northern Japan. The Japanese Parliament stated that the Ainu have a distinct language, religion and culture from the rest of the Japanese nation.|
|January 2009: In Bolivia, 60% of the population voted to give Bolivia’s indigenous majority more power. Among the changes, Native people will have seats in Congress and in the Constitutional Courts. Indigenous peoples also have more autonomy to practice community justice according to their own customs.|
|February 2009: The Honduran government says that since 1995, they have provided financial support for several indigenous programs, including $15,000,000 for indigenous peoples’ education.|
Since its adoption, the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples has been translated into the six official languages of the United Nation and dozens of indigenous languages.