Full Indigenous Sovereignty and Self-Determination
Canada is built on stolen land and colonialism is ongoing. Because of this, many Indigenous communities continue to live with unsafe housing, boil water advisories, a lack of road access to other communities, and systemic racism in the justice system amongst other injustices.
While Justin Trudeau was elected on promises of building “nation-to-nation relationships" with First Nations, Métis, and Inuit communities, he has yet to deliver. He has broken his promise to fully implement the Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action (TRC) and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP). These documents are a very basic first step to reconciliation and include demands on land rights, sovereignty, the justice system, governance, education, healthcare, and other policy areas. The federal government and take immediate action to fully implement both under the leadership of Indigenous nations.
A true nation-to-nation relationship requires Canada to completely rethink its approach to how decisions are made about land, and who controls it. As the late First Nations political leader Arthur Manuel put it, “the land issue must be addressed before reconciliation can begin.”
Under the leadership of Indigenous communities, we will advocate for federal NDP action to:
- Ensure the full implementation of UNDRIP. This must stipulate that any proposed extraction projects meet the standard of free, prior, and informed consent of Indigenous communities.
- Ensure the full implementation of Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action. Fund the establishment of Indigenous law institutes for the development, use, and understanding of Indigenous laws and access to justice in accordance with the unique cultures of Indigenous peoples in Canada.
- Close the $30 billion infrastructure gap. Ensure all First Nations, Métis, and Inuit communities have the control over their lands and resources required to build good housing, water, and road infrastructure.