September 9th, 2019

The NDP Commits to Honouring AFN Promises

NDP won’t repeat the mistakes of the Liberals and Conservatives.

OTTAWA – NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh and New Democrats commit to honouring the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) priorities for the next federal election. First Nations need a government they can count on and a government that is ready to work in close partnership to finally deliver the services and infrastructures First Nations need.

“Many First Nations people in Canada are facing third world conditions and in a country as rich as Canada, it is simply wrong," said Singh. “Justin Trudeau has said pretty words but he hasn’t delivered on justice for communities like Grassy Narrows. After four years of this Liberal government, the challenges First Nations face remain unresolved. New Democrats are ready to deliver and won’t repeat the mistakes of the past.”

First Nations in Canada are facing serious issues: they cannot afford another mandate of Liberal delays. The Liberals failed to deliver on their promises and we now see that for them, Reconciliation was just a slogan in their last election campaign. Not that long ago, First Nations experienced what a Conservative government means for them and Andrew Scheer has shown that he will be no different from Stephen Harper.

“The NDP's track record on standing up for First Nations people is clear,” said NDP MP and candidate Charlie Angus (Timmins—James Bay). “New Democrats are ready to honour our promises. We’ll work with First Nations to protect our environment, deliver services that First Nations people can count on, and make sure every First Nations child grows up in a safe and healthy home and school.”

New Democrats understand that Reconciliation is about peoples’ lives and wellbeing. We will implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and will support economic development for First Nations people driven by First Nations.