Green Party of New Brunswick Policy Proposal: Relationship with First Nations
Context & Issue
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. That lack of respect and recognition has had a devastating impact on First Nations in New Brunswick and across Canada. These impacts have been studied and documented by the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples (RCAP, 1996), the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (2015), and the United Nations Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (Anaya, 2014).
For many decades, First Nation communities and leaders in New Brunswick and across Canada have been working towards a resurgence of their languages, cultures, communities and nations. Given the historical context since the time of first contact, it is vital for the Government of New Brunswick to have clear and strong policy for respectful and appropriate relationships with First Nations. In particular a Green government would seem to share many common values with the First Nations in New Brunswick that have supported environmental issues and defended and protected lands and waters in this province.
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