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Where the parties stand on Indigenous affairs (in alphabetical order)

Conservatives

No specific proposals

Green Party

  • Re-introduce legislation to put UNDRIP in Canadian law 
  • Implement all calls to action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Inquiry 
  • Implement recommendations of the 1996 Report of the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples 
  • Dismantle the Indian Act, while allowing self-governing Indigenous communities to “opt out” of the Act while the dismantling process unfolds 
  • Formally repudiate the doctrine of terra nullius, the doctrine of discovery 
  • Add representatives from First Nations, Métis, and Inuit governments to the Council of Canadian Governments 
  • Implement the lands claims agreements that are already negotiated 
  • Upgrade infrastructure to end drinking water and boil water advisories 

Liberal Party

  • Implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) as Canadian law 
  • Eliminate all long-term drinking water advisories on reserve by 2021
  • Introduce legislation for “distinctions-based” health care for Indigenous people, emphasizing mental health, healing and long-term care
  • Reduce the number of Indigenous children in foster care by implementing the Act Respecting First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Children, Youth and Families 
  • Address all critical infrastructure needs (including housing, internet and schools) in Indigenous communities by 2030 
  • Target that at least five percent of federal contracts awarded to businesses are led by Indigenous Peoples
  • Expand First Nations policing and recognize it through legislation as an essential service 
  • Fully implement the Indigenous Languages Act 

New Democratic Party

  • Implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP)
  • Introduce Indigenous People’s Day as a national holiday 
  • Work with Indigenous peoples to co-develop a National Action Plan for Reconciliation, drawing directly from the Calls to Action and the Declaration to ensure that Canada’s laws, policies, and practices are consistent with Canada’s human rights commitments 
  • Establish a National Council for Reconciliation to provide oversight and accountability for reconciliation process, reporting regularly to Parliament and Canadians 
  • Co-develop the federal government’s Arctic Policy Framework through shared governance within the Inuit-Crown Partnership Committee, including through the adoption of an Inuit Nunangat policy in full partnership with Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami 
  • Establish a National Day for Truth and Reconciliation 
  • Establish Indigenous history education programs for all Canadians, based on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action 62 and 63 
  • Invest $1.8 billion to lift all drinking water advisories by 2021 
  • Spend $19 million to fund a mercury poisoning treatment centre in Grassy Narrows 
  • Resume and expand rural and remote bus routes and passenger rail service 
  • Ensure that Indigenous-led, culturally-appropriate home care and long-term care is available for Elders 
  • Create a Northern Infrastructure Fund to fast-track investment and focus on improving much-needed infrastructure like roads and broadband internet for communities in the north 
  • Establish a comprehensive, plan to address violence against Indigenous women, girls and LGBTQ2+ people 
  • Ensure full gender equality for First Nations status