Canada’s Indigenous Peoples

Moved by Liberal Party of Canada (Manitoba)

BE IT RESOLVED that the Liberal Party of Canada, in meaningful consultation with the Indigenous Peoples of Canada, would:

  1. restore and expand the nation-to-nation relationship (including treaties and self-government) between the federal government and Indigenous Peoples;
  2. enact the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, commencing with the:
    1. implementation of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples;
    2. implementation of recommendations 1 through 5 on Child Welfare;
    3. immediate launching of a national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls;
  3. develop and implement legislation, programs, and appropriate funding mechanisms (commencing with education, health, natural resources and infrastructure) that encourage and support the advancement of sustainable First Nations communities;
  4. develop a national strategy to deal with First Nations land claims and the duty to consult within a reasonable timeframe;
  5. ensure meaningful First Nations participation in natural resource projects carried out on First Nations territorial lands;
  6. educate Canadians on the historical and cultural setting of Canada’s Indigenous People.


In a July 7th 2015 speech to the General assembly of AFN, Justin Trudeau stated that “Canadians recognize the urgent need for a renewed nation-to-nation relationship between the federal government and Indigenous Peoples – one built on respect, rights and a commitment to end the status quo.” He further stated, “A Liberal government will recognize Aboriginal governments as full partners in the federation, and will work with Indigenous Peoples to create fairness and equality of opportunity in Canada.”