Archive for the ‘Aboriginal Affairs’ Category

NDP Convention: E-5 Emergency resolution on the on-going crisis in First Nations Communities

- April 14th, 2013

E-5 Emergency resolution on the on-going crisis in First Nations Communities

Submitted by : Aboriginal Commission

WHEREAS the continuing incation of the Conservative government has pushed the arleady heightened sense of frustration felt by First Nations expressed through the Idle No More grassroots movement to a tipping point :  Read more…

NDP Convention: E-1 Emergency resolution on NunatuKavut Community

- April 14th, 2013

E-1 Emergency resolution on NunatuKavut Community

Submitted by: Labrador


WHEREAS the NDP has consistently called on the Government of Canada to live up to its responsibilities towards all First Nations, Métis, and Inuit, and to make treaties, as well as the settlement and implementation of comprehensive land claims a priority; Read more…

NDP Convention: 5-01-13 Resolution on Aboriginal Education

- April 13th, 2013

The NDP convention considered the following motion:

5-01-13 Resolution on Aboriginal Education

Submitted by the Longueuil—Pierre Boucher

WHEREAS despite the unanimous adoption of the NDP motion “Shannen’s Dream” by all political parties in the House of Commons, the situation of schools on reserves is still alarming; and

WHEREAS Aboriginals also have the highest school dropout rates in Canada;

BE IT RESOLVED THAT the New Democratic Party will continue to work towards the realization of “Shannen’s Dream” with First Nations leaders to guarantee First Nations children access to the same standard of education as other Canadian children.

Among those speaking in support of this motion were NDP MP Charlie Angus (Timmins-James Bay) and Nycole Turmel (Hull-Aylmer).

Motion passed.

NDP convention: 5-05-13 Resolution on Idle No More

- April 13th, 2013

NDP convention now considering:

5-05-13 Resolution on Idle No More

Submitted by the Aboriginal Peoples Commission

WHEREAS years of inaction and broken promises from successive liberal and conservative government has led to severe social injustice and shocking poverty in too many communities

WHEREAS as a consequence we are witnessing an historic and growing grassroots movement joining Indigenous peoples and other Canadians in a long overdue conversation

BE IT RESOLVED that the New Democratic Party continues to work towards building a new relationship on a nation-to nation basis with First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples

BE IT ALSO RESOLVED that the NDP engages with grassroots Aboriginal activists who are calling on the government of Canada to repeal legislation like omnibus bill C-38 and C-45 that diminishes environmental protections of land and water and affect Aboriginal and Indigenous rights and title

Elder Raymond Robinson spoke to this motion.

NDP MP Romeo Saganash spoke to this motion.

After several speakers, the motion passes.

NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair adds his voice to those calling on Chief Spence to eat something

- January 13th, 2013

Transcript provided by CTV of Leader of the Official Opposition Thomas Mulcair on CTV’s Question Period this afternoon. Kevin Newman is the interviewer:

NEWMAN: On December 18th, you called on the government to hold a meeting with First Nations. That’s now happened. You also called for the prime minister to meet with Chief Spence. He offered, she declined. Is it time for her to end her protest?

MULCAIR: I’m always very concerned when someone appears to be willing to end their own life, even though they’re fighting for a cause that they find that important. I would sincerely call upon Chief Spence to realize that there has been a step in the right direction, to try to see now if we can keep putting pressure on the government to follow through. It has been a year where nothing was done after a very formal meeting. But finally the government seems to be moving so I think that the best thing to do would be to step back from that now. Read more…