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Peoples of the Land

First and foremost, the Women's Alliance Party calls on a genuine Statement of National Apology towards the First Nations Peoples. This has to take place immediately after the Truth and Reconciliation Commission has completed its work. WAP will see to it that this does not get swept under the carpet. This apology must state in precise words the admission and complicity in the crimes against aboriginal peoples for all the resources which have been taken from them or destroyed, and also an apology for disrespecting and destroying so many families and cultures instead of recognizing their value and their importance. 

Land rights are a fundamental blockage to progress. Many First Nations peoples are waiting in a very long line for treaty negotiations and/or complete renegotiation of their relationships with Canada. Questions relating to the Indian Act, the First Nations Peoples and Canadian Citizenship will be reviewed.

First Nations Peoples will be given more autonomy to determine the environmental assessments that are required with emphasis on environmental protection as opposed to environmental exploitation. In view of this, the Canadian government must review its policies concerning oil drilling, logging & mining permits for lands inhabited or claimed by First Nations.

A system of referendum will be introduced to enable First Nation populations to freely exercise their rights over their resources and life style choices. Tighter systems of accountability will be set up for the use of government funds through independent commissions.

The small businesses and farming communities in Canada will be given preferential treatment through policies that ensure competitive prices and secure livelihoods while protecting the general health of the population, especially where agri-food and labeling practices and import/export regulations are concerned.

WOMEN’S ALLIANCE PARTY supports the Liberal party’s National Food Policy document but wants to go a step further by establishing a Food Security Coordination Department to be the official liaison between the different stakeholders (health, education, environment, national and international trade, and food industries etc).