Christian Cullis; Green Party
Yes. as we have seen in British Columbia with the Fairy Creek old growth logging concern, the many times companies and the federal government have tried to push through pipelines and industry in recognized Indigenous lands, and a countless number of large and small examples of corporate and government decisions that purposely try to bypass and minimize Indigenous voices in their own communities, colonialism remains alive and well today in Canada. UNDRIP is a strong framework for centering Indigenous voices in these decisions, and the Green Party and I are very much in support of its implementation here
Karina Gould; Liberal Party
Nick Page; NDP
Yes, the NDP is committed to implementing all 94 of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's 94 Calls to Action. It is important for us to allow Indigenous people to have not just input but free informed consent on any plans that impact them or their land.
Michael Bator; People's Party
Adam VanKoeverden; Liberal Party
Yes, a re-elected Liberal government will ensure that there is input from Indigenous Peoples in the decision making regarding the transformation from a carbon energized to a renewable energized economy. We will create a Low-Carbon Building Materials Innovation Hub to work directly with entrepreneurs, municipalities, provinces and territories, and Indigenous governments to ensure Canadian innovations are best positioned to succeed.
We will establish a $2 billion Futures Fund for Alberta, Saskatchewan, Newfoundland and Labrador that will be designed in collaboration with local workers, unions, educational institutions, environmental groups, investors, and Indigenous peoples who know their communities best. We will support local and regional economic diversification and specific place-based strategies.
We will move forward with Just Transition Legislation, guided by the feedback we receive from workers, unions, Indigenous peoples, communities, and provinces and territories. Finally, we will partner with post-secondary institutions and Indigenous organizations to accelerate the creation and growth of Indigenous clean technology businesses.
Chris Kowalchuk; Green Party
Nadeem Akbar; Conservative Party
Muhammad Riaz Sahi; NDP Party
Shibli Hadad; People's Party
Anita Anand; Liberal Party
Jerome Adamo; NDP Party
The stewardship and traditional knowledge of Canada’s First Nations peoples should be a guiding factor in our transition to green energy and a cleaner future. As the original carers for this land, all Canadians will benefit from the involvement of indigenous peoples in decision making regarding the green transformation. The creation of the Indigenous Guardians Program will involve indigenous peoples in decision making, and will also combine traditional first nations knowledge of stewardship with training in modern climate science, to be used as a reactionary force to counter natural/climate change driven disasters. The NDP will always value first nations peoples and their relationship with the land - we look forward to a functional and cooperative relationship in regards to the creation of a cleaner future.
Kerry Colborne; Conservative Party
J D Meany; People's Party
Oriana Knox; Green Party
Yes. The Drawdown book recommends that Indigenous peoples' land management – that is, actively working with various Indigenous groups to manage land, up to and including transferring ownership – will reduce CO2 output by 6.9 Gt by 2050. So not only is this a socially just outcome, it's also an ecologically wiser one.
Bruno Sousa; Green Party
Gilbert Jubinville; People's Party
Hanan Rizkalla; Conservative Party
Lenaee Dupuis; NDP Party
Yes. Myself and all New Democrats have committed to building reconciliation into the heart of our plan to address the climate emergency, ensuring First Nations, Inuit and Metis peoples are full and equal partners in Canada’s efforts to confront it. We recognize that Indigenous peoples are best placed to protect cultural and biological diversity through control over their territory. We also recognize that the climate crisis threatens food sources and the very survival of many Indigenous communities.
- Uphold Indigenous rights to protect land, waterways and biodiversity, uphold Indigenous knowledge and respect inherent sovereignty;
- Encourage energy sustainability in remote communities and equity opportunities for renewable energy projects;
- Ensure Indigenous people, as the original peoples and stewards of their territories, a seat at high-level decision-making tables to confront the climate crisis;
- Ensure that climate investments are directed towards reducing inequality, honouring Indigenous rights and supporting communities that have been left behind;
- Create an Office of Environmental Justice to address the disproportionate impacts of pollution and loss of biodiversity on Indigenous, low-income, racialized, and other marginalized communities;
- Support Indigenous-led nature conservation and land-use and climate planning, including by expanding the Indigenous Guardians Program, invest in Indigenous-led science and support the creation of Indigenous-managed protected areas;
- Work jointly with Indigenous leadership and communities to develop a National Crisis Strategy and coordinated action plans to plan, adapt, cope safely, and respond to climate change emergencies and extreme weather events, informed by Indigenous traditional and ecological knowledge and legal systems;
- Replace mere consultation with a standard of free, prior and informed consent for Indigenous communities affected by government policies;
- Support the creation and expansion of Indigenous Protected and Conserved areas in all areas of the country.
Pam Damoff; Liberal
Yes I am in favour, as respect and recognition of Indigenous rights is essential. In June 2021, the Liberal government passed the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) following extensive, distinctions-based consultation and input from Indigenous partners. As a member of the Indigenous and Northern Affairs Committee, I was a part of the review of this legislation. I heard testimony from the leaders of the national Indigenous organizations, Indigenous women’s organizations, and grassroots groups, about the importance of UNDRIP.
We have also made investments across government to support Indigenous communities in addressing climate change. The Liberal government committed $1.4 billion over five years for health care services for First Nations and Inuit and to respond to the health impacts of climate change. In Budget 2021, we invested $138 million in Canada’s Disaster Mitigation and Adaptation Fund to help Indigenous communities adapt to climate change. We also committed $22.7 million over 5 years to support Indigenous communities as they manage the health impacts of climate change, and $36 million over 3 years through the Strategic Partnerships Initiative to build capacity for clean energy projects. A re-elected Liberal government will continue to support Indigenous communities to manage the health impacts of climate change, such as access to food, impacts of extreme weather events, and mental health impacts of climate change on youth.
Melanie Lang; Liberal Party
Indigenous people participate in Canada’s current fossil fuel sectors, and we have a duty to ensure they aren’t left behind as we transition to renewables. The Liberal government passed legislation to implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and a re-elected Liberal government would require cabinet members to implement the declaration and work with Indigenous people as part of their mandate letters. We also commit to involving and consulting with Indigenous people when drawing up planned Just Transition legislation.
Michael Chong; Conservative Party
Noor Jahangir; NDP Party
Ran Zhu; Green Party
Sylvain Carle; People's Party