Policies

B-07

Indigenous Definition Equally Inclusive of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis

Moved by Aboriginal Peoples' Commission of Canada

WHEREAS the Government of Canada has a long history of excluding the Métis people from being fully recognized and included as one of the Indigenous Peoples of Canada;

WHEREAS the Métis people advocated, at length, to ensure their inclusion in the Constitution of Canada under Section 35(2), which reads, "In this Act, 'aboriginal peoples of Canada' includes the Indian, Inuit and Métis peoples of Canada."

WHEREAS many Métis people are concerned that any changes in language when referring to the “Aboriginal peoples of Canada”, no matter how well intentioned, may subsequently be used to once again exclude the Métis from full inclusion as an Aboriginal people;

BE IT RESOLVED any reference to "Indigenous", "Indigenous people", or any other such language employed by the Government of Canada, or the Liberal Party of Canada, to replace or update the term “Aboriginal”, or any such subsequent term, shall retain the meaning and intent of the definition, as stated in Section 35(2) of the Canadian Constitution, to equally include all the Indian (First Nations), Inuit, and Métis peoples of Canada.