“We have a unique opportunity to fulfill our obligation to create an Alberta in which indigenous community members are full participants in the opportunities that our province offers and creates.”
Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
Adopted in 2007, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) is an internationally recognized effort to enshrine and protect standards of dignity and well-being for indigenous peoples. UNDRIP safeguards the individual rights of indigenous people around the world, and, if adopted, stands to play a significant role in combating the marginalization of indigenous groups.
Albertans are in a pivotal position to change attitudes and actions with respect to indigenous individuals and communities, so that all may strive for current and future goals – without discrimination, exclusion or marginalization. Indigenous peoples deserve access to Alberta’s benefits, and the opportunity to actively contribute to our collective future.
Alberta’s indigenous communities and peoples have not had equal access to Alberta’s prosperity and its potential. Alberta must respectfully engage with indigenous communities and empower them to achieve individual and collective goals with the same confidence enjoyed by all Albertans. Members of First Nations, Métis and Inuit (FNMI) groups feel overlooked as they face considerable challenges, seemingly without adequate support systems. These groups are often excluded from decisions that have significant impacts on their daily lives. By connecting and engaging with indigenous individuals and groups, the government can do more to encourage and support the longevity of Alberta’s indigenous communities and peoples, while creating a stronger future for our province.
- Create a provincial FNMI school board that would incorporate locally determined curriculum content and promote indigenous students’ achievements in K-12 education, representation in post-secondary education and address participation in the human services, healthcare and justice systems.
- Form an indigenous-led Primary Care Network with culturally sensitive practitioners and leaders dedicated to indigenous physical, social and spiritual health needs.