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Honouring the Inherent Rights, Treaties, and Ways of Life of Indigenous Peoples

First Nations, Inuit and Métis people in Ontario continue to face barriers to basic rights others in Ontario take for granted.

For generations, Liberal and Conservative governments have failed to take action to address critical issues like boil water advisories, unresolved land claims, unsafe housing, and discrimination in the justice system. Doug Ford carelessly stalled legislation that would apply the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) to all provincial laws. His government has repeatedly ignored the rights of Indigenous Peoples in Ontario, refusing to meet Ontario’s Crown and treaty obligations.

Liberal and Conservative governments have failed to act to resolve land claims, despite a vital 25-year-old recommendation from the Ipperwash Inquiry into the death of Dudley George.

An Ontario NDP government will work in true, nation– to-nation relationships to recognize and uphold the full rights of Indigenous Peoples.

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Implement UNDRIPand ensure Indigenous Peoples in Ontario are treated equitably under the law.

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Act immediately to end boil water advisories in Ontario, and work with the federal government to fund needed water infrastructure in First Nations communities.

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Establish the Treaty Commission of Ontario, with a clear mandate to independently and impartially help settle land claims and assist negotiations between the governments of Ontario, Canada, and First Nations.

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Justice for Grassy Narrows: Clean up the mercury in the English-Wabigoon River system, taking immediate action to find and dig up the buried mercury upstream from Grassy Narrows.

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Establish a provincial strategy to address the suicide crisis among First Nations youth, and work with the federal government to ensure targeted funding to improve mental health, on and off reserve.

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Create a for-Indigenous-by-Indigenous Housing strategy: Working in partnership with Indigenous- led housing providers and the federal government, we’ll ensure an adequate supply of safe, affordable, culturally appropriate urban and rural housing, including the construction of at least 22,000 new homes.

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Work with First Nations, Métis, and Inuit communities to transform and establish community control of child welfare for Indigenous communities.

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Work with First Nations, Métis, and Inuit communities on transformational change to our justice system, to ensure justice is fair, culturally relevant, and recognizes Indigenous history, values, and traditions. We’ll recognize the agency of First Nations communities to determine policing in their territory, work to reduce rates of victimization, crime, and incarceration among Indigenous communities.

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Culturally competent health care for First Nations people: We’ll support expanding primary health care services to meet the unique needs of Indigenous people and honour the commitments in the plan for health transformation in Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) communities, including training more community health workers from northern Treaty communities, sponsorships for people to take the health manager and paramedic trainings, and funding the Sioux Lookout First Nations Health Authority Hospital development.

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Improve access to culturally responsive health care, mental health care, long-term care for Indigenous Peoples: We’ll work with First Nations leadership to identify health care priorities and deliver more and better health care, including mental health and addiction support, that’s culturally appropriate.

We’ll guarantee that First Nations Elders have access to home and community care and long-term care that is personal and familiar, with staff and practices that reflect their distinct cultures and languages.

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Restore the Indigenous Culture Fund to strengthen opportunities for Indigenous artists and ensure they have fair opportunities for their stories to be seen and heard.

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Work with Indigenous representatives to establish a commission to review and make binding recommendations on the display of historical figures and symbols in Ontario’s government- owned buildings and public spaces. The commission will be led by an Indigenous representative, selected in collaboration with Indigenous Peoples.

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Support and work with First Nations to identify burial site locations of children at Indian residential schools. We’ll act on the TRC’s Call to Action 82 by commissioning a monument that recognizes the victims of the Indian residential school system, to be created by an Indigenous artist and prominently displayed at Queen’s Park.

The 231 Calls to Justice of the Final Report of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls acts as a stark reminder that the shameful legacy of Indian residential schools continues to have a devastating impact on Indigenous communities today, and that the issue of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls is not something in the past but an ongoing reality for Indigenous women and girls, their communities, and families.

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Work with Indigenous communities to implement the recommendations of the National Inquiry in a community-led process.

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Work with Indigenous Peoples to introduce a mandatory Indigenous curriculum for Ontario classrooms to make sure Canada’s actual history is taught to all Ontario children.

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Establish the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation as a provincial statutory holiday.