NDP Releases Aboriginal Election Platform

Monday, September 29, 2008 at 15:24



The NDP’s Aboriginal platform, released this morning, includes a pledge to invest $5 billion over five years to improve health services and provide adequate housing, water and infrastructure in Aboriginal communities.


The NDP is also promising to:


-Ensure that residential school survivors left out by the current agreement are fairly compensated.


-Immediately ratify the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.


-Implement Jordan’s Principle to guarantee First Nations children are not hurt by jurisdictional disputes between governments.


-Legally recognize the legitimacy and jurisdiction of indigenous governments.


-Develop a comprehensive land claims policy that respects Aboriginal title.


Today’s announcement was made at the Indian and Metis Friendship Centre in Winnipeg.