Steelcitygrit [in exile]

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Monday, October 23, 2006

Ignatieff's Indigenous Agenda

Ignatieff today released the details of his plan for Aboriginals in Canada. It's worth a read. Much of it is genuinely exciting.

The Aboriginal Nations Recognition and Reconciliation Act is as dramatic a suggestion as any that he has made this campaign. It is an opt-in formula, which recognizes the varying capacities of each First Nation at this instant. By transferring the responsibility of citizenship issues, it rights a dramatic and farcical wrong that has survived a century and a half.

The Treaty and Land Claim Agreement Commissioner is a fine addition, but not the radical overhauling of the land claims resolutions process that is badly needed. It doesn't alter the power imbalance. If it was coupled with active support - financial and otherwise - for First Nations pursuing their claims, it would make for a decent start.

Unfortunately, the ticker headline on CBC Newsworld today was (approximately) "Ignatieff promises to revitalize the Kelowna Accord" - which is the position of every single Liberal leadership candidate.

There was much good on this front from Dion recently as well. Again, he unfortunately developed no media traction.

3 Comments:

Blogger WestmountLiberal said...

I agree 100%!
Finally something all Liberals should be able to agree upon :)

3:08 PM  
Blogger Youppi1981 said...

What do you think about his constitutional proposal to recognize quebec as a nation? Furthermore, I think he wants to amend constitution to further recognize first nations, no?

8:22 PM  
Blogger Steve said...

Another progressive announcement drowned away. It seems a good plan.

8:44 PM  

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