NDP Calls for Fairness for First Nations
Fri 29 Jun 2007
Strong leadership needed to close prosperity gap
OTTAWA – In solidarity with First Nations across the country, NDP Leader Jack Layton and NDP MP Paul Dewar (Ottawa Centre) are participating in the AFN’s National Day of Action, in solidarity with National Chief Phil Fontaine at the Ottawa March to Victoria Island in Ottawa today.Layton emphasized that this was a day to come together peacefully to raise awareness on issues facing First Nations communities all across Canada.
“This day proves that Canadians care about First Nations issues,” said Layton. “Action is needed, and it is needed fast,” added Paul Dewar.
The NDP is advocating an end to the two percent funding cap on First Nations programs, the implementation of a truly independent land claims body and is calling for an immediate apology from Prime Minister Harper on the residential schools tragedy.
“It was amazing to see the combined action from coast to coast to coast. This is the largest rally in Canadian history. Clearly, Canadians want this government to act and close the prosperity gap for First Nations,” said Layton “Improvement to health care, education opportunities and quality of life for First Nations families must be prioritized.”.
“NDP MPs all across the country are proudly standing with First Nations across Canada. From Alexa McDonough attending a morning vigil in Halifax to our Aboriginal Affairs critic Jean Crowder celebrating with the Cowichan elders on Vancouver Island, the NDP is proud to stand in solidarity with First Nations,” concluded Layton.