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.

Categories: Aboriginal Affairs, Politics/NDP

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2 comments

  1. R. Horton says:

    As positive as that is, I find it interesting that they are only focusing on the legislations (C-38 and C-45) that impact them as Canadians….and not the other 8 that impact us, to which Idle No More has challenged from day one alongside the others.

    Bill C-45: Jobs and Growth Act (Omnibus Bill)
    Bill C-428: Indian Act Amendment and Replacement Act
    Bill S-2: Family Homes on Reserves and Matrimonial Interests or Rights Act
    Bill S-6: First Nations Elections Act
    Bill S-8: Safe Drinking Water for First Nations
    First Nation Education Act
    Bill S-212: First Nations Self-Government Recognition Bill and FNPOA
    Bill C-27: First Nations Financial Transparency Act
    Bill S-207 An Act to amend the Interpretation Act: Non-Derogation of Aboriginal and Treaty Rights

    Please don’t invoke matters of Nation-to-Nation relationship unless you’re willing to acknowledge and challenge all matters regarding this set of legislation that disrupts our sovereignty, not just matters that affect you as Canadians within this set reflective of the 1969 White Paper, NDP.

  2. Arlene Seegerts says:

    It is good news to hear that this resolution has been passed, at the NDP Convention. However, I hope they will include the other 8 bills and reconsider their own economic initiatives and corporate relationships, especially in Saskatchewan where their party supported Uranium Mining and ignored 80% of the people and organizations, provincially, who spoke out against the UDP (Uranium Development Partnership), which they are going ahead with, anyways. So, this resolution sounds good – so far, and give us hope for social change. However, I will wait and see if this is just pre-election rhetoric or a real life commitment to respect Indigenous Rights and Our Sacred Mother Earth. In solidarity & love – FOREVER Idle NO More!!! ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

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