As you know, a federal election has been called for Tuesday, October 14, 2008 and Canadian voters will decide upon a new national government.
In early September we wrote to the leaders of the Conservative Party, Liberal Party, NDP, Bloc Quebecois, and Green Party of Canada seeking a clear statement describing their policy and platform from each of the major federal parties. In our letter we identified priority interests of First Nations in BC.
As of September 30, 2008 responses have been received from the Liberal Party of Canada and the Bloc Quebecois. Website visits have also been made to each of the federal parties seeking further information. A copy of the NDP federal election 7-point platform on First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples was located on the NDP website. No response was received nor was any information re: Aboriginal issues found on the federal party websites of the Conservative Party or the Green Party.
PLEASE VISIT OUR WEBSITES (www.fns.bc.ca, www.ubcic.bc.ca, www.bcafn.ca) TO RETRIEVE THIS INFORMATION. IT IS A 29 PAGE PDF FILE CONTAINING THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION:
• Information memo dated October 6, 2008 from the FN Leadership Council
• Copy of FNLC letters dated September 10, 2008 to the Conservative Party, Liberal Party, NDP, Bloc Quebecois, and Green Party
• Response letters received from the Liberal Party and Bloc Quebecois and copy of the NDP federal election platform on First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples retrieved from the NDP website
Several ridings in BC (Skeena–Bulkley Valley, Cariboo–Prince George, Prince George–Peace River) have Aboriginal populations of 10% or higher and can be a major factor in determining which candidate is elected and which party forms the next federal government.
We encourage First Nations citizens in BC to participate in the federal current election campaign by asking your local candidates questions on issues of importance to your Nations and by registering to vote and voting on election day, October 14, 2008.
Please note, the national AFN office has undertaken a similar exercise with the major federal parties and asked them to answer a questionnaire on issues affecting First Nations people in Canada. The AFN has committed to providing their information to First Nations in Canada. Please refer to the national AFN website (www.afn.ca) for further information.
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