One of our responsibilities as Members of Parliament is to represent you and all Canadians in Parliament.
Last month over 14,000 Canadians like you expressed their views to our Liberal Caucus when they filled our Caucus Wants To Know survey.
Now I am proud to report back to you to show you the impact you’ve had on our work in the House of Commons.
Have a look at the video above of Bob Rae’s private member’s motion today in the House of Commons.
On the question of working with First Nations to move beyond the Indian Act, your response was clear: you believe that this law represents failed policies which has created barriers to the self-determination and success of First Nations, and that Liberals should work with First Nations to replace it.
That’s one of the reasons why Liberal Leader Bob Rae introduced today a private member’s motion in order to push the federal government to work in full consultation with First Nations to resolve the long-standing economic and social inequities that plague many communities.
As the Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn Atleo has said, the Indian Act blocks progress for First Nations communities. The time has come for the government to engage directly with First Nations to undo the damage caused by the Act and take urgent and concrete actions together as partners to build success and shared prosperity.
Watch the video above of Bob Rae introducing his private member’s motion today in the House of Commons.
The motion calls on the government to work with all First Nations on a nation-to-nation basis, to replace the Indian Act with new agreements that fulfill the Crowns responsibilities to First Nations in a manner consistent with First Nations rights, the original Treaty relationships with First Nations which this country was founded upon, the outstanding obligations and promises on behalf of the Crown to First Nations, and the standards established in the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People.
If, like me, you believe it is time to move past the Indian Act, please share this message and video and let Canadians know that you had a say in Bob Rae’s motion in the House of Commons.