EXCERPT FROM HANSARD
Ms. Libby Davies (Vancouver East, NDP): – Mr. Speaker, New Democrats are proud to stand in support and solidarity with first nations on today’s National Day of Action. The growing poverty and loss of rights in First Nations communities is a shame on our country.
First Nations are calling on the government to work with them to protect their children and invest in the future.
In East Vancouver, the Urban Native Youth Association has been waiting far too long for this government to provide funding for a much-needed First Nations youth centre. This government must stop shirking responsibility and make this important investment as soon as possible.
We call on this government to act on the tragedy of the missing women in the downtown east side and along highway 16.
We call on the government to work with First Nations for justice and an end to discrimination.
We call on the government to adopt the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
The NDP will not let up on holding this government to account to ensure equality and justice for the First Nations people in Canada.