Aboriginal Council

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Next Meeting Date To Be Announced

The following resolutions were adopted at the 2013 CUPE Manitoba Convention:

Re:   Judicial Appeals of Court Decisions in Favour of Aboriginal       Rights

CUPE Manitoba will:

1.    Work with CUPE National to lobby the Government of Canada to end the practice of appealing court cases decided in favour of Aboriginal Rights and move to the implementation of said decisions; and

2.    Work with CUPE National to lobby the Government of Canada to instruct the Department of Justice to cease all such appeals of these court decisions and start the discussion and negotiations necessary to implement said court decisions.

Because:

·         The Aboriginal Peoples of Canada have rights entrenched in Section 35 of the Constitution of 1982; and

·         For decades Aboriginal peoples in Canada have had to consistently go to the courts to have these rights recognized and acted upon; and

·         It has been estimated that the Government of Canada spends over $300 million per year to appeal against Aboriginal Rights cases, only to lose in the majority of cases and delay the inevitable.

Submitted by CUPE Manitoba Aboriginal Council:

Resolution #2

Re:   Implementation of United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Bill

CUPE Manitoba will:

1.    Lobby the Provincial Government to to press the Government of Canada to pass Bill C-469 to implement the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and implement the measures contained within which are under provincial jurisdiction.

Because:

·         The New Democratic Party has consistently shown its support for the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples; and

·         On April 8, 2008, the House of Commons passed a motion brought forward by NDP MP Irene Mathyssen, confirming Parliament’s support for the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples; and

·         On January 28, 2013, NDP MP Romeo Saganash introduced Bill C-469, an Act to ensure that the Laws of Canada are consistent with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

Submitted by CUPE Manitoba Aboriginal Council:

Resolution #3

Re:   Northern Food Security

CUPE Manitoba will:

1.    Lobby the Provincial Government to pressure the Federal Government for immediate action to ensure the recommendations of the Unite Nations Special Rapporteur on Food Security are implemented as quickly as possible, including the adoption of a Canada-wide food strategy; and

2.    Lobby the Provincial Government to pressure the Federal Government to continue consultations with Northern Communities to ensure this strategy responds to their specific needs, so that Northern Communities finally have access to quality and nutritious foods at a reasonable price.

Because:

·         Northern Communities are facing increasingly higher food prices; and

·         Canada is the only developed country to have received a visit from the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food.

Submitted by CUPE Manitoba Aboriginal Council:

Resolution #4

Re:   Idle No More

CUPE Manitoba will:

1.    Work with CUPE National to lobby the Federal Government to work towards building a new relationship on a Nation by Nation basis with First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Peoples; and

2.    Actively support the Idle No More campaign and lobby the Provincial Government to engage with grassroots Aboriginal activists who are calling on the Government of Canada to repeal Legislation like omnibus Bill C-38 and C-45 which diminishes environmental protections of land and water and affect First Nations’ rights.

Because:

·         Years of inaction and broken promises from successive Liberal and Conservative Governments have led to severe social injustice and shocking poverty in too many Communities; and

·         As a consequence, we are witnessing a historic and growing grassroots movement joining Indigenous Peoples and other Canadians in a long overdue conversation; and

·         CUPE Manitoba has a long and proud history of fighting for economic and social justice for Aboriginal Peoples.

Submitted by CUPE Manitoba Aboriginal Council:

Resolution #5

Re:   Aboriginal Awareness Courses at CUPE Manitoba Weeklong    School

CUPE Manitoba will:

1.    Provide Aboriginal Awareness training at CUPE Manitoba Weeklong School once every three (3) years.

Because:

·         It is important to combat workplace racism and discrimination and to encourage employment equity in our workplaces; and

·         It is essential to discuss methods for greater and more active participation of Aboriginal workers in our movement through coalition building, as well as to encourage them to take a more active role within the Union; and

·         It is necessary to create an ally group amongst other CUPE Manitoba members; and

·         It will help build solidarity to provide leadership on working towards building a representative workforce.

Submitted by CUPE Manitoba Aboriginal Council: