As a young man, I had a strong sense that Canadians’ treatment of Indigenous people was a black mark on our history. I believed and continue to believe that legal tools are essential to overcoming our history of colonialism, and that belief is one of the reasons that I went into law.
During law school, I worked in Hobbema (now Maskwacis), Alberta, for a remarkable man and lawyer named Willie Littlechild who, among many other accomplishments, became a Truth and Reconciliation Commissioner. More recently, I’ve participated in the inspiring monthly reconciliation meetings that have been held on the T’Souke First Nation territory. I’ve been inspired by the vision and the hope generated by those meetings, and by Chief Gordon Planes’ leadership.
If I’m elected as the Member of Parliament for Esquimalt-Saanich-Sooke, I very much hope to help write the next chapter in Canadian history, the chapter on reconciliation, respect, and self-government by Indigenous people. I know that we have a long, long way to go on reconciliation with Indigenous people in Canada.
Since joining the Green Party of Canada, I have watched how it addresses this challenge and I’ve been hugely impressed. The Greens are deeply committed to working with First Nations, Métis, and Inuit communities, enabling them to exercise the right to determine their own membership, govern according to traditional governance structures, hold sovereignty over traditional territories, experience living cultures and traditions, speak and reclaim traditional languages, and fully participate in directing legal and policy decisions regarding their lives.
The Green Party will:
Work with Indigenous peoples to replace the Indian Act over the next ten years and move away from the legacy of colonialism to self government.
Fully conform to the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
Implement the calls to action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the calls of the report from the Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women.
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