ALIVE to hold protest rally Wednesday, December 1, 2021

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ALIVE to hold protest rally Wednesday, December 1, 2021

by pmnationtalk on December 1, 2021108 Views

(Coast Salish Territory/Vancouver, BC – November 29, 2021) Aboriginal Life in Vancouver Enhancement Society (ALIVE) will hold an urban community protest rally on Wednesday, December 1st in front of the regional offices of Crown Indigenous Relations and Indigenous Services Canada, 1138 Melville Street in Vancouver. The leadership team of ALIVE will present its policy positions at the rally and provide updates on the organization’s action plans.

Urban problems seem endless and intractable and hard facts continue to be ignored by federal departments. “80% of Indigenous peoples in British Columbia live off reserve, yet we are being ghosted by these federal departments,” said Scott Clark, ALIVE Executive Director. The appalling disadvantage of urban Indigenous peoples is part of daily life in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver. “There’s no defensible reason for treating urban Indigenous peoples in this way and ALIVE wants to bring the central policy questions more sharply into focus by serving a Notice of Eviction on Crown Indigenous Relations and Indigenous Services Canada,” said Clark.

At the heart of the federal government’s Indigenous policies is the “distinctions-based approach” which is discriminatory and sustains the disadvantages generated of the much-maligned Indian Act. The main point is the fact that the majority of Indigenous peoples now live off reserve and in mixed identity relationships. National Indigenous organizations frequently referenced in the distinctions-based approach don’t claim to represent or serve all Indigenous peoples, yet the federal government continues to advance its disjointed and incoherent policy. The federal government is not following its legal obligations under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, as well as its jurisdictional responsibilities under 91(24) of the Constitution Act, 1867. After the Daniels decision was rendered in the Supreme Court, ALIVE had a justifiable expectation that there would be a reshaping and recasting of federal policies and programs, but this has not taken place.

The mandate of ALIVE is to enhance, promote and foster the social, economic, cultural, health, and general well-being of Indigenous Peoples within the Vancouver area. Working with a place-based framework, ALIVE develops inclusive strategies to support Indigenous individuals, families and extended families.

Coast Salish Sc’ianew – Scott Clark Tsuii S’Klallam

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