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.

Overall, the NCA as a registered 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 First Nations, Inuit and Métis 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 Aboriginal peoples 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 Aboriginal peoples 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.

● Reform the Aboriginal self-governance/internal political structures (First Nations government, Métis Federation of Canada, 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. This approach aligns with the NCA democratic reform policy for federal governance. 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: 2020-09-14

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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