June 21st, 2015

NDP statement on National Aboriginal Day

Official Opposition Aboriginal Affairs critic Niki Ashton (Churchill) made the following statement on National Aboriginal Day:

“National Aboriginal Day is an opportunity for all Canadians to celebrate the rich history, accomplishments and diversity of Indigenous peoples in Canada. The First Peoples of this land are a vital part of Canada’s past, present and future - and we celebrate with them from coast to coast to coast.

Today, we recognize the critical importance of the continuity of Indigenous languages, cultures and histories. We must educate all children in Canada about the central role that First Nations, Metis and Inuit people have in the history of our lands and our future.

Indigenous peoples are the backbone and motivators behind much of the essential environmental and social justice activism that exists in Canada today. The NDP is committed to building a strong nation-to-nation relationship with Indigenous peoples based on real cooperation and meaningful consultation that respects Inherent Aboriginal rights.

This year we also acknowledge the landmark report by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. We stand with Indigenous peoples and commit to healing and reconciliation.

Canada is stronger when we work together towards a better future for all peoples.”