The Green Party supports the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and urges the Government of Canada to sign it as a sign of respect and good faith on behalf of all Canadians.
Treaty Relationship with First Nations
As the first peoples in this territory, the Passamaquoddy, the Wolastoqiyik, and the Mi’kmaq nations signed Peace and Friendship Treaties with the colonial European nations. The treaties established the legal basis for the relationship between the Province of New Brunswick and First Nations peoples. However, the Government of Canada and the Government of New Brunswick have not fully recognized and respected the historic treaties. A Green government would recognize, respect and implement the treaties signed with First Nations – the Passamaquoddy, the Wolastoqiyik, and the Mi’kmaq – as the legal basis for the relationship between the Province of New Brunswick and First Nations peoples.
2. Indigenous Language, Culture, and Education
Respect for our aboriginal nations requires that their cultures be protected. A Green government would:
encourage the recognition, protection and promotion of aboriginal languages and customs in New Brunswick; and
pressure the federal government to finance native language immersion education for First Nations children phased-in one year at a time, and support immersion teacher training to properly deliver this program.
3. Indigenous Children
A Green government would implement the recommendations of the Ombudsman and Child and Youth Advocate Bernard Richard regarding the child welfare system on First Nations, including reducing the number of agencies to three from the current 11 and the establishment of a single First Nations Child and Family Services Office that would provide financial and administrative functions to the three agencies.
4. Indigenous Women
The Green Party recognizes the trauma left by colonialism and the historic oppressions experienced by Aboriginal peoples today and is committed to working with Aboriginal women against discrimination, violence and exclusion. A Green government would:
implement measures to eliminate poverty among indigenous peoples;
implement measures to combat colonialist, sexist and racist prejudice against indigenous women with a view to eliminating these forms of prejudice;
implement measures to encourage employers to employ Aboriginal women to ensure their financial independence regardless of where they live in New Brunswick;
consider and address the specific safety and security needs of indigenous women by developing and implementing policies to put an end to disappearances and murders of indigenous women;
ensure that the police force and front-line workers are better trained to respond to calls for abuse and sexual abuse.