As part of our ongoing series looking at progressive alternatives that we hope to find in all party platforms this fall, this blog will examine what policy actions a progressive government could take to forward reconciliation, including addressing high rates of child poverty, fully implementing the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), and increasing investments in much-needed on-reserve infrastructure. As with the previous blogs, these alternatives can be found in our 2019 Alternative Federal Budget (AFB). As a settler-based organization, CCPA is committed to working with Indigenous research partners to continue highlighting the urgent need to follow through on promises to work towards reconciliation in our public policy, governments and communities.
Alyssa O’Dell is Media and Public Relations Officer with the CCPA, and a former federal press gallery journalist. Follow her on Twitter @alyssaj_odell.