NCA Aboriginal Policy Statement

Introduction

The National Citizens Alliance (NCA) Aboriginal policy is based upon zero tolerance for abuse of First Nations, Inuit, non-status Indians, and Métis people from coast to coast to coast. In addition, our policy is based upon the inherent recognition of all Canadian Aboriginals as the first nations of Canada (First Nations, Inuit, Métis). Further, our policy based upon the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), and NCA democratic values including freedom, transparency, accountability, and inclusion. The foundation of the NCA Aboriginal policy is a people-based democracy: government by, for, and of the people.

Royal Proclamation of 1763

The NCA Aboriginal policy focuses on moving forward toward Canadian unity and healing after decades of division, abuse, and repression that Aboriginal peoples have endured from previous federal government and the Canadian people. We believe a focused remedial process is the best way to facilitate the peaceful and productive co-existence of First Nations people alongside the rest of Canadian society. Educating Canadians about the history, political rights, and persecution of Aboriginal peoples while also providing support to those still suffering the effects of repression and abuse can in our view generate such healing.

Overall, the NCA as a new federal party seeks to establish a new trajectory for Aboriginals’ place in the Canadian Confederation as respected, valued, and productive members. Similarly, the Report of the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples (1996) recommended a new trajectory or relationship between Aboriginal peoples and non-Aboriginal peoples. This trajectory replaces the assimilation policy as established by the 1969 liberal White Paper and recent Canadian federal policy practices that include ‘individual aboriginal rights,’ ‘results based,’ and ‘take it or leave it’ viewpoints. Bill C-27: First Nations Financial Transparency Act, Bill C-45: Jobs and Growth Act, 2012 [Indian Act amendments regarding voting on-reserve lands surrenders/designations], Bill S-2: Family Homes on Reserves and Matrimonial Interests or Rights Act, and Bill C-428: Indian Act Amendment and Replacement Act reflect these positions, and the controversial Bill C-33 First Nations Education Act.

In creating its Aboriginal policy, the NCA consulted persons with specialized backgrounds in Aboriginal affairs and Aboriginal people themselves to gain perspectives, information, and feedback on our statement and approach. However, the Aboriginal policy is reflective solely of the NCA values, principles, and mission. The NCA Founding Document demands that the party not submit to special interests in policy or practice  when it is counter to the interests of the broad public good. The NCA will never support policies that compromises its values, principles, or mission.

Primary NCA Focuses

The three core focuses of the NCA Aboriginal Policy are fair, equitable treatment of all Aboriginal peoples, creation of the conditions for increased Aboriginal peoples’ self-sufficiency and productivity, and graduated reduction in Aboriginal peoples’ dependency on welfare hands to national norms.

The NCA supports the following policies relating to Aboriginal peoples:

● Recognize ALL Canadian First Nations people

● ZERO tolerance for abuse of First Nations people

● Create the conditions for Aboriginal peoples self-sufficiency and increased productivity. We will do this through immediately hiring contractors, Aboriginal contractors if possible, to work on every reserve across Canada to build better housing and clean water for our First Nations people. The contractors will work with the Aboriginal people in a self-help program.  In addition, we will work hard within the reserves to transition our Aboriginal people for a better way of life through training them in money management, and other jobs and careers.  To fund this long overdue initiative, we will use government money, as well as Aboriginal funding through Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada ( INAC). We will no longer tolerate our Aboriginal people to be used as second and even third class citizens.

●Abide by the Supreme Court Ruling (Daniels v. Canada, 2016) that recognizes the rights of all Métis across Canada from coast to coast. In addition, we will hold accountable any organization or provincial government that refuses to recognize the rights of all their Métis people’s within their community or province. Transfer payments from Indian Affairs to any province will either be reduced or stopped until a province recognizes all  Métis people within the province. In addition, the province(s)  face an investigation by the Canadian Human Rights Commission.

● Support an independent inquiry into missing and murdered Aboriginal people, and based on this inquiry, implement policies that will help ensure the safety and well-being of Aboriginal people

● Support the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Report. Note, the NCA as stated in its Constitution (2014) supports the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (2007)

● Support collaboration and involvement with Aboriginal peoples in the decision-making process relating to their independence, role, rights, and position in the Canadian Confederation. The NCA will seek advisement and input from the Aboriginal community through, for example, round table discussions. The viewpoints and positions of both Aboriginals and non-Aboriginals will be accessible to the public. The NCA supports an expansion of the government’s duty to consult Aboriginal peoples on matters concerning them as established in Article 35 of the Canadian Charter (1982)

● Erect a memorial for the Aboriginal children that suffered mental or physical abuse or murder in the federal government’s residential schools. The purpose of this memorial is to make a public statement acknowledging the role of the federal government and Canadian people in this cultural genocide and to educate all Canadians about the events that transpired and their lasting effects in an effort to promote healing with the Aboriginal community and prevent similar events from occurring

● Produce a Co-existence Policy Paper in one to one collaboration with First Nations people that establishes the grounds for the Settler peoples’ mutual, respectful, and peaceful co-existence with Aboriginal peoples within the Confederation

● Mandate that a specific and accurate module on Aboriginal-Canadian culture and history is included in public and private school curriculum and in civics classes for immigrants as a condition for their permanent residency application approvals. The NCA will consult Aboriginal groups across Canada concerning this module

● Honour the treaty rights of Aboriginal peoples as established in the Royal Proclamation (1763), (bearing in mind, coastal Aboriginals have never signed treaties with British Colombia or the federal government)

● Honour the Aboriginal land claims process and the Aboriginal peoples’ inherent right to self-governance (Aboriginal Right to Self-Government Policy (1995))

● Support Aboriginal peoples as distinct Canadians and/or sovereign peoples with individual and diverse cultures and practices, which we will support further through major amendments of the Canadian Multiculturalism Act (1988)

● Whilst consultation of Aboriginal peoples, increase Aboriginal electoral representation in the House of Commons by establishing aboriginal ridings across Canada – some of which may overlap existing ridings – based on the Aboriginal communities and reservations in each province, according to the Elections Canada process for establishing electoral constituencies. Each Aboriginal riding will elect a Member of Parliament (MP) through whatever electoral system is currently in place for federal elections. Candidates and the elected MP must be residents of the riding for a minimum of 24 consecutive months prior to the date set for a subsequent federal election, and elected MPs must reside in that riding during the terms in office. In addition, the NCA will also consult with Aboriginal groups across Canada and Elections Canada when establishing the Aboriginal ridings

● Reform the Aboriginal self-governance/internal political structures (First Nations government, Métis National Council, Inuit Circumpolar Council, and Mi’kmaq Council) so that Aboriginal leaders are more representative, accountable, and transparent to their communities. The NCA will establish mechanisms for recall of Aboriginal representatives, citizen-initiated policy, and citizen-initiated referenda. In addition, the NCA will subject Aboriginal political structures and procedures to the support of at least 70 percent of the relevant Aboriginal people, and 50 percent quorum of the relevant Aboriginal people

Conclusion

The NCA recognizes First Nations people along with Anglophone and Francophone as foundational to Canada. Aboriginal peoples are integral to the identity, culture, and prosperity of this country, and provide a unique perspective on Canada and its future. As outlined above, the NCA will implement a federal Aboriginal policy that supports Aboriginal peoples to be secure, profitable, and self-reliant in their distinct communities while respected, consulted, and confident in their position and contribution to the Confederation. The NCA will work with any party that shares this approach.

Created: 2014-04-11; last updated: 2018-11-05

The NCA membership vote on 2014-04-11. The vote resulted in 100 percent of membership in favour of the Aboriginal Policy Statement with a 71.4 percent quorum. The vote outcome satisfies the minimum 70 percent membership support and 50 percent quorum required for adoption of policies as per the NCA Founding Document.

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

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