CANADA DAY: REFLECTING ON OUR PAST, BUILDING A FUTURE TOGETHER

Fredericton – David Coon, Leader of the Green Party of New Brunswick and MLA for Fredericton South made the following statement in recognition of Canada Day:

“For many today is a day of celebration: families and friends will gather over the long weekend to celebrate the day, 150 years ago, that New Brunswick and Nova Scotia agreed to join with the Province of Canada to establish a country, where people of different cultures could live in harmony. This vision goes back to what has been called Champlain’s dream, the dream of a society based on peace and tolerance.

These ideals are at the centre of our peace and friendship treaties with the Wolastoqiyik, Passamaquoddy and Mi’kmaq – the original peoples of this part of Canada. However, we have not lived up to the treaties, causing much suffering for indigenous people and their communities. My wish is that we see Canada 150 as the point at which we decisively move toward reconciliation, redress past injustices, and restore title to indigenous lands as was contemplated by the Royal Proclamation of 1763 that was enshrined in our constitution 150 years ago.”

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Our Principles

> Non-Violence

A culture of cooperation, caring and understanding is essential to ending violence in our society. Rehabilitation rather than vengeance must be the goal of our justice system.

> Self-Determination and Citizenship

We must have the opportunity and the responsibility as citizens to contribute to the common good, which requires that all have the capacity to participate in community life.

> Social Justice and Equality

Everyone must have equal access to the necessities of life and be treated with dignity and respect. Treaties with First Nations must be honoured.

> Participatory Democracy

We must be able to participate in decisions that affect our lives and be guaranteed that our votes are reflected in the make-up of the Legislative Assembly.

> Local Self-Reliance

Our communities should be in control of their own destinies, supported by strong local economies, and sustained by local sources of food and renewable energy.

> Living within Our Ecological Means

We must live within the ecological limits of the Earth, while meeting our needs without threatening our children's future or the survival of other species.

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