‘Let’s build hope one practical step at a time, working nation-to-nation”
OTTAWA — Jack Layton’s New Democrat team launched their Aboriginal Platform today, pledging to work nation-to-nation to build new opportunities for
First Nations, Inuit and Métis people.

“When Parliament finally apologized for the tragic legacy of Indian Residential Schools, I was honoured to be a part of that. But now Ottawa needs to match those words with concrete steps to reverse the social and economic inequalities that hold back so many First Nations, Inuit and Métis people,” Layton said.

“First Nations, Inuit and Métis people are driving real progress in their own communities, and our plan builds on their resourcefulness. It reflects exhaustive consultations with Elders, with political and business leaders, with educators and professionals, and with ordinary community members from sea to sea to sea,” Layton said.

The New Democrat plan pledges practical steps in four areas:

1. Forging a new partnership with First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples;
2. Fostering economic opportunity and lasting prosperity;
3. Ending discrimination; and
4. Healing the harms of past injustices.

“It is well past time to apply the wisdom and traditional knowledge of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples to bring more sustainable solutions to Canada’s challenges. We need to do better than governments of the past, and we can count on Jack Layton to get the job done,” said Saanich–Gulf Islands New Democrat candidate Edith Loring-Kuhanga, as she released the platform document at a press conference.
Read the platform