Forgotten People/Peuple Oublie
Periodical profile published 1979
Publisher: Native Council of Canada/Le Conseil des Autochtones du Canada, Ottawa, Canada
Year Published: 1979
Resource Type: Serial Publication (Periodical)
Cx Number: CX965
This monthly tabloid is the voice of the Native Council of Canada, an umbrella group representing non-status Indians and Metis across Canada.
Abstract: This monthly tabloid is the voice of the Native Council of Canada, an umbrella group representing non-status Indians and Metis across Canada. The January issue contains presentations representing the case for "Historic National Minorities" before the Federal Government and the Provincial Government of Quebec. On the front page is a brief presented to the First Ministers' Conference on the Constitution last Fall. It points out that the British North America Act considers aboriginal minorities a founding partner with rights which go beyond the mere equality of opportunity in a multicultural society such as is being proposed by the former Prime Minister in his statement on the new constitutions (A Time for Action). The Native Council notes that, in referring to the guarantees of the rights of the other founding partners (the English and the French), A Time for Action does not mention "equality of opportunity." Rather than a simple statement about native peoples' place as part of the "Canadian mosaic," the Council wants "a clear, unambiguous statement of how our rights are to be realized and guaranteed in any new constitution." Specifically the Council calls for a political formula whereby Native Peoples are integrated into Canadian society with guarantees to retain their identity as distinctive historic minorities. This would include "a guarantee of a fixed number of seats for Natives in both provincial and federal legislative assemblies."