NCA Aboriginal Consultation and Empowerment Policy Statement

Introduction

Due to the colonialist past and present of the federal government in regard to Aboriginal peoples, the National Citizens Alliance faces a difficult situation when it comes to authority and rights of Aboriginal peoples. To deal with this far from perfect situation, the NCA approaches Aboriginal Consultation and Empowerment from a clean slate. To do otherwise is to get mired in the colonialist realities of past and present federal governments.

In its electoral reform policy statement, the NCA supports Aboriginal federal ridings, in order to give Aboriginal peoples a stronger and independent voice in the Canadian Parliament. Although these ridings may be perceived as part of the colonialist system, the NCA views them as a compromise and means to give Aboriginal peoples significant and independent political rights as reflective of their First Nations status

In regard to the environment, the NCA again seeks a compromise. As mentioned, the NCA rejects the colonialist to colonized relationship, which is captured in the Indian Act (1985). Instead, the NCA embraces a Nation to Nation relationship, premised on the broad public good of Canada. In this relationship and in the context of the environment, the NCA recognizes the sovereign authority and governing bodies of indigenous communities. In addition, we recognize the social, cultural, economic, and political rights of Aboriginal peoples.

Within this Nation to Nation relationship, the NCA supports the following:

● Recognition of all Canadian Aboriginal peoples

● Recognition of the indigenous kinship system and its integral relationship to Aboriginal peoples and the environment

● Acknowledge Aboriginal sovereignty and authority over environmental protection and conservation on their lands

● Consultation with indigenous communities in order to listen to them about their views and beliefs on the environment, including about their relationships between the individual and the environment

● Invite all Aboriginal Chiefs to Ottawa for the purpose of listening to the Chiefs’ perspective on aboriginal affairs

● Support challenges in Canadian Supreme Courts in regard to Aboriginal sovereignty and authority over the environment on First Nation lands, when it threatens the broad public good of Canada in the context of environmental protection and conservation

● Support challenges in Canadian Supreme Courts in regard to settler sovereignty and authority over the environment on non-First Nation lands, when it threatens the broad public good of Canada in the context of environmental protection and conservation

● Explore an amendment to the Constitution of 1867 in regard to Aboriginal peoples’ sovereignty and authority over their lands

Conclusion

The NCA seeks to establish a new relationship with Aboriginal peoples in regard to the environment premised on a Nation to Nation relationship. The NCA believes this approach will allow greater input into the protection and conservation of the environment, and create increased accountability of environmental breaches. In addition, the NCA supports Aboriginal peoples and settlers holding each other accountable for violating the broad public good of Canada. The NCA will work with any other federal party that supports its vision of the environment and Aboriginal peoples.

Created: 2014-10-26; last updated: 2018-01-07

The NCA membership vote on 2014-10-24/26. The vote resulted in 100 percent of membership in favour of the Aboriginal Empowerment and Consultation Policy Statement with a 80 percent quorum. This vote outcome satisfies the minimum 70 percent membership support and 50 percent quorum required for adoption of policies as per the NCA Constitution (2014).

The NCA welcomes feedback on its policies. Please send policy feedback to info@nationalcitizensalliance.ca

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