VICTORIA B.C. – Andrew Weaver, leader of the B.C. Green Party, announced the party’s platform on Indigenous relations today, with Adam Olsen, candidate for Saanich North and the Islands and Campaign Chair of the B.C. Green Party.
“We believe that it is time to fundamentally change the dynamic between Indigenous people and the Provincial government”, said Weaver.
“A B.C. Green government will seek to build a new relationship with Indigenous people, through listening and ongoing dialogue.
“We are committed to building a new relationship based on respect and true partnership, and moving forward together, as partners.”
“One of the things that attracted me to the B.C. Green Party were the values that underpin the party, which are many of the same values with which I was raised, and which are consistent with my culture”, said Adam Olsen, candidate for Saanich North and the Islands.
“The B.C. Green Party’s focus on intergenerational equity, and the need to be responsible stewards of our environment and our resources, are very important principles to me.
“I am excited with our platform and what it offers all British Columbians.”
Key components of the B.C. Greens’ platform on indigenous relations include:
Recognizing First Nations as equals in land and resource management, and establishing a co-management stewardship model with Indigenous people.
Working with Indigenous leaders, teachers, and universities to support the recruitment and retention of indigenous teachers.
Implementing, in partnership with Indigenous leaders, the recommendations of Grand Chief Ed John’s report on Indigenous child welfare, “Indigenous Resilience, Connectedness and Reunification - From Root Causes to Root Solutions”.
Implementing, in partnership with Indigenous leaders, the recommendations of the Representative for Children and Youth’s Report, “Broken Promises: Alex’s story”.
Developing a plan, in cooperation with the First Nations Leadership Council, to implement all relevant recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
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