First LEAP Manifesto Event Focuses on Indigenous Rights

Ciné-rencontre : Le Canada et la DNUDPA avec Ray Funk // Film Screening: Canada and UNDRIP with Ray Funk

[VERSION FRANÇAISE À VENIR]

On February 9, 2017, the NDG-Westmount riding association held the first of its LEAP Manifesto events as part of the policy-development process mandated by last spring's NDP Convention (see our web page npdndgwest.ca/leap and on Facebook npd ndg-westmount ndp) .

The evening was well attended despite the wintery weather.  We screened reserve-107-the-film , a great documentary on the dispossession of Cree people of their Treaty lands in Saskatchewan and of the efforts at reconciliation between them and the Mennonite farmers on the land. The film was presented by Ray Funk, former federal NDP MP for Prince Albert-Churchill River.  

This film presentation and discussion was followed by an outline from Robert Boire of the Leap Manifesto and the policy process mandated by the Convention and a brief overview from Franklin Gertler of Indigenous populations, lands and rights in Quebec (see PowerPoint  “Exploitation of Indigenous Lands & Resources”, map Les autochthones au Québec ,  Statistiques populations autochthones . We concluded with a discussion of NDP Roméo Saganash’s Bill C-262(UNDRIP Act)  and the implications of fully adopting and implementing the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP )  for Indigenous Peoples, and for economic, resource and constitutional development in Canada. It was judged that an NDG-Westmount policy position on this subject should be postponed to allow for debate and adoption in accordance with proper process.


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