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FPNP Party Platform
First Peoples National Party of Canada interim leader William Morin is working on putting together a slate of candidates for the federal election.
William Morin says Canada should abolish the Senate and replace it with a house of Parliament filled with elected aboriginal representatives.
He also argues that native-studies classes should be made compulsory in high schools and universities across the country.
In a phone interview, Morin told the Georgia Straight that aboriginal people must be included in all levels of government in Canada—and a “mass revamping” of the education system is necessary for that to happen.
“Ninety-nine percent of the Canadian population has no knowledge or minimal knowledge or incorrect knowledge of the history of our country,” Morin, a member of the Michipicoten First Nation, said by phone from Sudbury, Ontario. “It was a country that was based on treaties of shared relationship, and that shared relationship does not exist.”
Morin is the interim leader of the First Peoples National Party of Canada, which is gearing up to field a slate of candidates in the third federal election since its founding at the end of 2005. While none of the party’s nominations have been finalized, Morin noted he is planning to run in the riding of Sudbury.
He’s run as an FPNP candidate twice before, in Sudbury in the 2008 election and Algoma-Manitoulin-Kapuskasing in 2006.
In the 2006 election, the party nominated five candidates, including one in B.C., and garnered a total of 1,201 votes. The FPNP’s six candidates in 2008 attracted a total of 1,611 votes.
“How many people voted is not an accurate indication of the impact that the party had,” Morin said. “What I mean by that is it motivated a lot more aboriginal people to vote than had before, either for the First Peoples National Party or for other parties that were doing good stuff for aboriginal people, like the NDP.”
According to its website, the FPNP’s mandate includes promoting economic growth, fighting poverty, building social programs, and representing and respecting the values of all Canadians.
The party is open to both aboriginal and non-aboriginal members and candidates.
Morin noted the “grassroots, young party” has between 300 and 500 members, but he claimed it has obtained much more support through “non-traditional” channels, such as its Facebook group.
He argued the FPNP is needed because First Nations, Inuit, and Métis people are excluded by a Canadian political system which represents the majority but not minorities. “Any government that excludes its indigenous peoples from its systems of government is a colonial power, behaving no different than a regime like that in Libya,” Morin said.
As he sees it, an aboriginal house of Parliament could take the place of the Senate and be composed of aboriginal legislators elected by aboriginal people from across the country.
Making native studies a graduation requirement in high school and university would make sure students don’t leave the education system ignorant about residential schools, the Indian Act, and many other “acts of genocide” against aboriginal people, Morin maintained.
“Until Canada relocates itself into Europe, why are we not talking about more aboriginal issues?” he said. “Because if you go to France, you learn about French history. If you go to England, you learn about English history. If you go to Japan, you learn about Japanese history. But you come to Canada, you learn about European history.”
A sessional instructor in native studies at the University of Sudbury, Morin sees education reform as a prerequisite for political change.
“Without education, there’s not going to be support for inclusion,” he said.
The First Peoples National Party wishes to bring the value of “inclusion” to Parliament with a vision for Canada where all peoples having a say in our future. The FPNP was formed to provide a voice for the people, all people who have no voice in our elitist PARTY System of Democracy.
The FPNP is inspired by First Nations history, culture and values as guiding principles in the future of our party. The primary value is that of sharing. From the beginning before, during and after contact, First Nations wish to continue to share this country and all that is has to offer. The “Two Row Wampum,” is one of many original records of these mutual sharing agreements / treaties. This however, in simple terms, has not been the mission of Canada’s colonizing founding cultures; they were not prepared to share, and still don’t.
Weather or not Canadian people support this Indigenous view of our history or First Nations Rights, in principle, it is a matter of the Rule of Law; and those Indigenous Rights are enshrined in the Constitution of Canada and the British North American Act. If we are to respect the Rule of Law, then those Rights also have to be respected and upheld! Otherwise the Government and its Citizens are making a Mockery of the Rule of Law! Those are the very principles upon all Western Nations were founded.
Any country to exclude its indigenous peoples from all levels of government and education therefore is a Colonial Country. Presently the First Nations peoples of Canada are not the only peoples to be silenced by our political and educational systems.
At a snails pace nearly 50 of the 53 native languages that existed before contact with European cultures are extinct today. What is that called? From the forming of the Indian Act to the failed Meech Lake Accord, from the Residential schools to outlawing of religious ceremonies, how is it that “Natives did this to themselves?”
Acts of genocide occur daily with complacency or apathy by educators, politicians and average Canadians that know the truth yet do nothing to correct it. Section 21(2) of the Criminal Code of Canada (sic: one should have or ought to have known a crime was to be committed) was deemed unconstitutional in the early 1980s. Before that and for the past 100 years all public administrators of the Indian Act and politicians of parliament could have been charged with murder and acts of genocide. However, since these acts occurred over a slow and long period of time it is overlooked, belittled like a snail in the grass.
Like a barometer, if want to know what is going to happen to the rest of Canada, observe what has been happening in First Nations Communities. The fastest health concern among adult Canadians is Diabetes, and amoung young Canadians is obesity. Both of these issues have been an epidemic in First Nations communities since contact.
The people who are the closest to the earth, the First Nations culture and traditional way of life have slowly been altered since contact. Assimilation, or a Snails Genocide?
Recent statistics reveal that there are more First Nations children in Child Welfare / CAS care today then were in Residential Schools. The second wave of Canada’s Assimilation Policies is being implemented.
First Nations people feel betrayed and hurt. This has been passed down from one generation to another. As they were back then so are they still today, the First Nations of Canada are patiently waiting for the colonizing peoples to admit what they did, to do more then apologies and honour the treaties as they were written, a sharing agreement.
In Ojibway there is no word for ‘sorry’ as you don’t say it, you show it. If the government and politicians are truly sorry they would need to demonstrate it in real actions of Inclusion and in-depth consultations.
It may be uncomfortable to speak words like ‘genocide’ or ‘forced assimilation’ or ‘systemic racism’ but they are the truth. Only when we address these issues and work together to resolve them can we move forward as a nation.
It is the mandate of the First Peoples National Party of Canada (FPNP) to:
- promote economic growth and sustainable communities and to fight poverty
- to represent the grass roots membership and all Canadians through political participation in Canadian politics
- to create and build social programs in the areas of health, education and culture
The FPNP will be guided by the membership at large and Aboriginal, First Nations, Inuit and Metis organizations through its executive body by respecting these cultures as well as others. This party will build on communications and build relationships with all cultures.
Party Leader: Mr. William Morin
242 St. George Street
Sudbury ON P3C 2X2
Web site: www.fpnpoc.ca
Chief Agent: Ms. Robin Wemigwans
242 St. George Street
Sudbury, ON P3C 2X2
Auditor: Mr. Bradley Thomas Lecour,CA
1064 Lasalle Boulevard
Sudbury, ON P3A 1X9