Policies

B-08

Development of a First Nations Governance Law

Moved by Aboriginal Peoples' Commission of Canada

WHEREAS the current Indian Act is silent on Conflict of Interest and Code of Ethics for elected First Nations Chiefs and Councils as defined in the Indian Act;

WHEREAS the current Indian Act and the First Nations Finance Transparency Act is weak in addressing accountability of elected First Nations Chiefs and Councils to their membership;

WHEREAS the current process of addressing the governance issues on the conduct of First Nations Chiefs and Councils is a very costly and timely burden to First Nations as well as to the Government of Canada;

WHEREAS on matters relating to the breach of Conflict of Interest and Code of Ethics membership are uninformed on each occurrence;

WHEREAS First Nations Chiefs and Councils are void of holding Annual General Meeting of membership to present the Financial Audited Statements and an Annual Program Report;

WHEREAS the feeling of helplessness among First Nations members compounds the social problems in First Nations communities;

BE IT RESOLVED the Liberal Party of Canada acknowledges the reaching out for help from First Nations members;

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED the Liberal Party of Canada will convene a study within its first term as government that includes Indigenous organizations and members from communities on the development of a new Governance Law for First Nations.