Policy Resolution 61

61. Priority Resolution: Aboriginal Issues


That the Liberal Party of Canada:

  • Develop a process for an accelerated consultation with full participation of First Nation Communities to rewrite existing legislation with the intention of encouraging and supporting the development of sustainable First Nation communities;
  • Introduce an Educational Program for all Canadians, through media or other means to provide all Canadians with an understanding of the history and background leading to the issues currently confronting Aboriginal Peoples and Canadians;
  • Develop a national strategy to deal with Aboriginal land claims and duties to consult within a reasonable timeframe;
  • Create a process for First Nation Peoples participation in natural resource issues in order for First Nation Peoples to share in revenues that are generated from the resources on First Nation lands.


It is imperative that all Canadians understand the Rights asserted in the Proclamation of 1763, the Treaties entered into with First Nation Peoples, and the damage created by the Indian Act and Residential School Policies.  Canadians must work with First Nation Peoples in the spirit of cooperation and mutual respect to modernize these Treaties and legislation.  Where applicable, all new legislation must be the result of a fully collaborative and consultative process with full participation of Aboriginal Peoples governing authorities. It must be aimed at building self-reliant communities that are economically sustainable and reflect the true intent of the treaties, allowing First Nation communities to participate in the economic future of Canada, while maintaining their cultural heritage and dignity.

Liberal Party of Canada (Manitoba)