Indigenous peoples across Canada have waited too long for justice. Truth, justice and reconciliation must be at the core of our post-pandemic recovery. Indigenous sovereignty must be respected.
There will be a need for specific health care support and food security programs. We must pass UNDRIP and ensure compliance with UNDRIP throughout Canadian legislation and policy-making. We must implement the recommendations of the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Inquiry.
- Enshrine in our recovery plan:
- the United Nations Declaration of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) articles;
- the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) Calls for Justice; and
- the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action.
- Fund the programs Indigenous groups identify as required to return to a new reality after COVID-19.
- Increase government support to Indigenous people living off reserve.
- Recognize the sovereignty of remote and fly-in Indigenous communities over who is able to enter their communities.
- Make air travel an essential service to the many communities that rely on air transport for all their supplies, an issue made even more vital throughout this pandemic.
- Establish a nation-to-nation relationship via the Council of Canadian Governments.
- Continue to work towards the needs that have already been raised, so Indigenous services in health care, education, housing and water are equivalent to similar services for non-Indigenous Canadians.