Team Layton Launches NDP’S Aboriginal Platform

The NDP’s Aboriginal Platform was released today in Saanich. Randall Garrison joined NDP Aboriginal Affairs critic and Nanaimo Cowichan MP Jean Crowder, Victoria MP Denise Savoie and Saanich & Gulf Islands candidate Edith Loring-Kuhanga in making the announcement.

“The NDP’s aboriginal platform represents our deep commitment to do better than governments of the past,” said Garrison. “Only by listening to and working with aboriginal governments and organizations can we forge the new partnerships necessary to build healthier communities with strong economic foundations.”

Edith Loring-Kuhanga's remarks about the platform underscore the importance and urgency of taking a new approach to Aboriginal issues in Ottawa.

“We have heard the voices of Elders, of political and business leaders, of educators and professionals, and of concerned Canadians in First Nation, Inuit and Métis communities,” said Loring-Kuhanga. “It is well past time to apply the wisdom and traditional knowledge of Canada’s Aboriginal peoples to bring more sustainable solutions to Canada’s current challenges. We have a responsibility and an obligation to do better than the governments of the past.”

“The Aboriginal Platform shows our commitment to social justice and the core of our values as New Democrats,” said Loring-Kuhanga. “We know that Aboriginal people are the fastest growing group of people in the country and the future health of Canada relies on the equitable participation of all. We know that Canada will benefit by supporting First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples in realizing their aspirations.”

A New Democrat government will meet the focus on four key areas:

Forging a New Partnership with First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples;

Fostering Economic Opportunity and Lasting Prosperity;

Ending the Discrimination still faced by Aboriginal People in Canada; and,

Supporting the Process of Healing the Harms of Past Injustices.

“By moving in these four directions, New Democrats seek to help restore a central element of social justice in Canada and reconcile the hopes of First Nations, Inuit and Métis people with those of all Canadians,” said Loring-Kuhanga.

Jack Layton’s Aboriginal Platform can be downloaded here .