With a federal election on the horizon, The Coalition for the Human Rights of Indigenous Peoples wishes to highlight the commitment of parties and candidates to implementing the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in Canada. Following the failure of the senate to pass Bill C-262, an act to ensure the laws of Canada are in harmony with the UN Declaration, earlier this summer it is of critical importance that the next session of Parliament prioritize concrete action to move ahead with the full implementation of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
OPEN LETTER TO ALL CANDIDATES IN THE FEDERAL ELECTION
The Next Session of Parliament Must Prioritize Protection and Fulfillment of the Human Rights of Indigenous Peoples
The Truth and Reconciliation Commission, the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, and numerous reports by international human rights bodies have all documented the profound and tragic harms that have resulted from Canada’s colonial laws and policies. Ongoing adverse impacts include denial of Indigenous systems of governance, jurisdiction and laws; dispossession of lands, territories and resources; the ongoing tragedy of Indigenous lives brutally cut short; essential opportunities denied to Indigenous children and youth; and the lack of adequate financial and other assistance to maintain and revitalize Indigenous cultures, traditions and languages in the face of continued threats. Continue Reading…
Information for Indigenous Voters
Election Guides in Indigenous Languages
Voter ID information in Indigenous Languages
To learn more about party positions on Indigenous issues and the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, visit their websites:
The Conservative Party has not yet released its platform.
For more information on the Liberal platform on Indigenous issues, visit page 46 of https://www.liberal.ca/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/New-plan-for-a-strong-middle-class.pdf
For more information on the NDP platform on Indigenous issues, see https://www.ndp.ca/reconciliation
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Election Resources from our Partners
Assembly of First Nations
“Honouring Promises: 2019 Federal Election Priorities for First Nations and Canada” aims to frame the dialogue around First Nations priorities during the federal election campaign and set the agenda for the incoming government. It identifies the AFN’s and First Nations focus for advocacy during the campaign and through the next Parliamentary session.
Fill out the form to your local candidates urging them to make Indigenous rights part of their campaign, and to make a personal commitment to supporting the adoption of a legislative framework for implementing the UN Declaration based on the important foundation created by Bill C-262.
Canadian Friends Service Committee
Canadians will go to the polls to vote in a federal election on October 21. Canadian Quakers care about many peace and social issues. This election resource kit has been created to help you ask informed questions of all candidates seeking election to know where they stand on several key issues that CFSC works on