The draft declaration

The Canadian Press has a draft of the declaration that would end Theresa Spence’s protest. The draft includes 13 priorities.

— An immediate meeting between the Governor General, federal and provincial governments and all First Nations to discuss treaty and non-treaty relationships.
— Clear work plans with firm target outcomes, timelines, and goals for the short, medium and long term, with immediate focus on housing.
— Frameworks for treaty implementation and enforcement on a nation-to-nation basis.
— Reform the comprehensive claims policy so it is based on inherent aboriginal rights.
— Work towards resource revenue sharing by involving provincial and territorial governments.
— Better oversight of the environment to ensure sustainable development.
— A thorough review and consultation of two federal omnibus budget bills to ensure they are consistent with constitutional protections of aboriginal rights.
— Ensure all federal legislation has the free, prior and informed consent of First Nations.
— Ensure federal funding is fair, sustainable, indexed and not subject to arbitrary caps.
— Set up a national inquiry on violence against indigenous women.
— More investment in building schools as well as funding parity with off-reserve schools, and extra funding for First Nations languages.
— Change federal oversight of First Nations by setting up a dedicated cabinet committee and secretariat within the Privy Council Office.
— Full implementation of the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.




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The draft declaration

  1. I think the declaration from her own band council was much more candid and to the point.

  2. Ensuring all federal legislation “has the free, prior and informed consent of First Nations” means giving the First Nations veto power over all federal legislation whatsoever. If the Canadian people seriously believed in the sincerity of the Liberal and NDP parties as signatories to this agreement, the Conservatives would be the perpetual governing party of Canada.

    • Legislation that affects them, sure.

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