RELATIONSHIP WITH FIRST NATIONS AND INDIGENOUS PEOPLES

RELATIONSHIP WITH FIRST NATIONS AND INDIGENOUS PEOPLES

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.


a. 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.

b. 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 NewBrunswick; 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.

c. 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.

d. 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.

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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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