Whitehorse, Yukon) July 20, 2016 – Indigenous Peoples’ Assembly of Canada’s (IPAC) National Chief Dwight Dorey has called upon Canada’s First Ministers to consider new legislation to create an Indigenous Natural Resource Revenue Sharing Act as part of reconciliation with Indigenous peoples, and to support much-needed programs and services after the Supreme Court ruling in Daniels v Canada earlier this year.
“I propose that our Prime Minister, our First Ministers, and Parliamentarians give due, fair and full consideration to an Indigenous Natural Resource Revenue Sharing Act—a legislated royalty or levy of one-to-two percent on all revenues generated from natural resource extraction for profit, that will ease the taxpayers’ burden for fast-rising costs in programs and services to Indigenous peoples, now estimated at eight to ten billion dollars annually,” Chief Dorey stated in a presentation at the annual meeting of National Aboriginal (NAO) Leaders and Premiers.
Chief Dorey proposed that revenues be placed in a trust fund or Indigenous treasury, to be overseen and managed by a legislated body made up of financial experts, Indigenous peoples and federal cabinet representatives, and that a consultative process be undertaken to create the mandate, structure and scope of the fund or treasury.
“In the name of trust, respect and honour of the contributions of Canada’s Indigenous peoples to Canada, the wealth generated from hundreds of years of extractions from our traditional lands by forestry, mining and industrial exploration, it is time for reconciliation through revenue resource sharing—and it is long overdue,” the National Chief stated.
Chief Dorey noted that some cases of this idea already exist, such as resource revenue sharing with Indigenous peoples by some provincial Hydro companies. He proposes this concept now on a national scale, to ease the burden on taxpayers for increased programs and services, now that the Supreme Court has ruled that Canada has Constitutional responsibility for Indigenous peoples no matter where they may choose to live.
“It is time to put historical Indian claims in perspective of modern realities. My objective here is to see, developed through partnership, the basis for a shared economy and responsibility for a truly balanced quality of life between Indigenous Canadians and all others,” Chief Dorey concluded.
For media attending in Whitehorse, to arrange an interview please contact:
Jerry Peltier, Senior Advisor to the National Chief
Cell: (613) 324-7628
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NOTE: The Congress of Aboriginal Peoples (CAP) has changed its name to the Indigenous Peoples’ Assembly of Canada (IPAC). The transition will continue through the coming months. For further information: CAP announces new name (IPAC)
The Indigenous Peoples’ Assembly of Canada, formally known as the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples, is the national voice representing the interests of Métis, status and non-status Indians, and Southern Inuit Indigenous People living off-reserve. Today, over 70% of Indigenous people live off-reserve.