The NDP has made a powerful commitment to a new era of Nation-to-Nation relations, based on respect and on real investments to close the gaps in Indigenous education, health care, clean drinking water and housing, says federal NDP candidate Skip Morrison (Sault Ste. Marie).
“For 148 years, successive Liberal and Conservative governments have failed First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities and Stephen Harper has made it worse,” said Morrison. “An NDP government will work with Indigenous communities, not against them. Together, we will deliver meaningful improvements in the lives of Indigenous people across Canada. We will close the gap.”
NDP Leader Tom Mulcair told the Assembly of First Nations today that he would take immediate action on critical infrastructure, clean drinking water and community health.
“An NDP government will work to end boil water requirements for Indigenous communities within 5 years and treat the significant health challenges of Indigenous communities as a Canadian problem that Canada must solve,” Morrison said.
Mulcair committed to creating and chairing a cabinet-level committee to ensure government decisions respect federal commitments to indigenous peoples. He also committed to:
· removing the punitive 2% funding cap imposed by Liberals and Conservatives;
· devoting $4.8 billion over eight years for indigenous education; and
· calling an inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.