The lastest from the Chief’s desk
Delaware Nation Council Audit Report 2015
Special Community Bulletin
First Nations Education Act
Members of Council and I would like to share some information about the
latest piece of legislation being considered by the Harper government,
which could greatly impact our children, and their future! It’s called the First
Nations Education Act (FNEA), and it will place more federal control over
how our children from Kindergarten through Grade 12 are educated. FNEA
is still at the proposal stage, however, if we as First Nations, do not clearly
and firmly show our opposition to it, FNEA could become law as early as
The concerns we, and other First Nations across the country have
surrounding this proposal are many, but all are rooted in the fact that it
violates our inherent right to exercise jurisdiction over our own affairs. This
is yet another example of how the government imposes its paternal
approach to managing our lives, instead of working with us on an approach
to education that we design, implement and control; an education system
that we actually want. For more click here.
Delaware Nation letter to Aboriginal Affairs Minister re: FNEA
Dear Honourable Minister Valcourt,
On behalf of the Delaware Nation, I am writing to re-affirm to you and to your Department our position of support for the national policy of First Nations Control of First Nations Education. By way of this letter, we as rights holders state for the record Delaware Nation rejection of and opposition to Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada’s enhanced oversight of First Nations education, oversight which your Department clearly is signalling through the unilateral development of the First Nations Education Act. To read more, click here.
Bill C45 and Idle No More
Members of Council and I wish to provide our membership with some background information on the Idle No More movement sweeping across the country and across our territory and some information on what the new legislation, in particular Bill C-45, may mean for us and our community here in Moraviantown.
All of these changes have been introduced unilaterally, without our input or consent!
The following changes are of particular concern:
Bill C-45 Job and Growth Act
This was an Omnibus bill, which simply means a bunch of bills attached together to make one mega-bill.
The Jobs and Growth Act is on its way to becoming law. It includes Indian Act amendments regarding voting on-reserve, land surrender and designations. In particular, the minister of Aboriginal Affairs can now call a referendum in our community that deals with the surrender of our territories, and such a surrender can take place without proper community consent. Proper community consent requires a double majority, or 50% plus 1 of all eligible voters. The changes mean that only the majority of participants, or those who attend a meeting can determine the outcome.
This is unacceptable!
Bill C-45 Navigable Waters Protection Act
The changes in this act will see only 97 of Canada’s 32,000 major lakes protected from environmental threats. That’s less than 1%!
Major pipelines would also be exempted under the new law, meaning that the scope of impacts considered during environmental reviews will be narrower.
This is unacceptable!
Bill C-27 First Nations Financial Transparency Act
The changes in this act would require First Nations to provide audited annual financial statements, including any monies paid to Chief and Council. This information would have to be posted to the Nation’s website. The Delaware Nation is committed to transparency, and an improved fiscal relationship between First Nations and the federal government. However, the Act, as drafted, applies standards to First Nations governments that surpass those for elected officials in many other jurisdictions and contains overly punitive remedies. For example, if a Nation did not meet its requirements, the minister could withhold or terminate Nation funds. In addition, the Act places an additional burden on First Nations governments in meeting reporting requirements and could jeopardize funding for essential services.
This is unacceptable!
Other Bills that have been introduced without our consent include:
Bill S-2 Family Homes on Reserve and Matrimonial Interests or Rights Act
Bill S-8 Safe Drinking Water for First Nation
Bill C-428 Indian Act Amendment and Replacement Act
This is a list of Senate Public Bills:
Bill S-207 An Act to amend the Interpretation Act
Bill S-212 First Nations Self-Government Recognition Bill and the “First Nations” Private Ownership Act
All of these Bills are in direct violation of Article 18, 19 &20 of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
The Delaware Nation continues to oppose and reject all imposed legislation, which is in direct violation of the Treaties and the Treaty relationship that we, the Original Peoples of Turtle Island, made with the British Crown.The Delaware Nation is in full support of the Idle No More Movement, we invite you to participate in one of the rallies taking place within our region and learn more about the pending legislation that will effect our lives.
Stay tuned for more updates from your elected leadership.
In peace and respect,
Chief Greg Peters.