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G21-C003 Add Three Indigenous Representatives to Federal Council
Ratification Vote Results: Adopted
Increase the size of Federal Council by three seats: one for a Métis representative, one for an Inuit representative and one for a First Nations representative.
Add clauses 9.1.10 to 9.1.12 to Article 9 of the GPC Constitution, such that it reads as follows:
9.1 Composition of Federal Council
The Federal Council shall be composed of:
9.1.1 A President.
9.1.2 The Leader.
9.1.3 One (1) representative from each Province of Canada.
9.1.4 One (1) representative representing the Territories of Canada.
9.1.5 A Fund Representative.
9.1.6 The Executive Director.
9.1.7 Two (2) Youth Representatives.
9.1.8 A Vice President English.
9.1.9 A Vice President French.
9.1.10 One (1) representative from within each of three Indigenous Groups: First Nations, Inuit, and Métis.
Add the following clause to Bylaw 2 Federal Council as follows:
2.1.X Indigenous Representatives
2.1.X.1 Nominations shall be by twenty (20) members of the Party in good standing.
2.1.X.2 All Members of the Party in good standing shall be eligible to vote for these positions.
Amend the following clauses of Bylaw 2 Federal Council to read as follows:
22.214.171.124 In odd numbered years the representatives of Newfoundland and Labrador, New Brunswick, Quebec, Manitoba, Alberta, the representative from the Territories, the First Nations representative, the President and the Vice President French shall be elected.
126.96.36.199 In even numbered years the representatives of Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Ontario, Saskatchewan, British Columbia, the Vice President English, the Inuit representative, the Métis representative, and the Fund representative shall be elected.
188.8.131.52 Ballots for elections of the Executive Council, Provincial Representatives, Indigenous Representatives and the Territorial Representative shall have beside the name of each candidate on the ballot, the Province or Territory and the bioregion where the candidate resides. Indigenous Representative candidates shall be provided an option to have the ballot include the name of their respective Nation(s) and the Indigenous Territory where they are based.
Enable direct Indigenous input to the inner workings of GPC. Begin the process of true reconciliation by holding space for Indigenous peoples within the Green Party of Canada, respecting that a First Nations representative does not want to speak for Métis nor for Inuit and vice versa.
The Federal Council of GPC will be enriched and make decisions that are more fair and inclusive by recognizing the inherent rights of Métis, Inuit and First Nations peoples within Canada. True reconciliation includes holding space for Indigenous people to participate in Canadian governance via GPC.
Supporting Comments from Submitter
Given that GPC is committed to the United Nations Declaration on Rights for Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), Article 5 is relevant to this proposal. "Indigenous peoples have the right to maintain and strengthen their distinct political, legal, economic, social and cultural institutions, while retaining their right to participate fully, if they so choose, in the political, economic, social and cultural life of the State." https://www.un.org/development/desa/indigenouspeoples/wp-content/uploads/sites/19/2018/11/UNDRIP_E_web.pdf
It is important and respectful to tangibly recognize that a First Nations representative does not want to speak for Métis nor for Inuit, an Inuit representative does not want to speak for Métis nor for First Nations and a Métis representative does not want to speak for Inuit nor for First Nations. Each of these Indigenous groups should be represented on Federal Council to improve the potential for the Original peoples of Turtle Island to help GPC understand ecological, spiritual and ancestral origins, while decisions are made to optimize sustainable pathways to the future, across Canada.
In 2011, Census Canada reported there were 60 different Indigenous linguistic groups evident in Canada. A nation is defined as a large body of people united by common descent, history, culture, or language, inhabiting a particular country or territory. Considering that language, land and culture are determinants of Nationhood, these 60 distinct languages may reflect more nations than the 50 reported by Crown Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada. In 2016, more than 1.67 million people in Canada identified themselves as an Indigenous person.
Indigenous communities are varied and diverse in many ways. At present First Nations, or Indians* in accordance with the Indian Act, are grouped by First Nation (Indian Act Band). Within the First Nation community there are people who live on-reserve or off-reserve in urban or rural settings. Some Indians are registered under the Indian Act and are granted Status, however due to the discriminatory nature of the Indian Act, some Indians are not granted Status and are considered non-status Indians. Aside from those communities there are also Indigenous communities that are un-recognized, or un-registered. Aside from the communities recognized by the State of Canada, there are traditional original national governance systems that exist outside of the Indian Act. The Metis and Inuit people also have similar circumstances. In effect, Indigenous people are not one homogenous group. Given the history and experience of each of these peoples, it is impossible to expect one person to represent all Indigenous national perspectives. Ideally, in a nation to nation relationship, consideration would be given to each nation fairly. Therefore, a request to add three Indigenous seats to Federal Council is the minimum number of Indigenous seats that can be considered to be “representative”.
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