About the Commission
On March 16, 2007, the New Democratic Party of Canada created the New Democratic Party Aboriginal Commission (NDPAC). The NDPAC is an official body of the NDP, created under its Constitution and approved by its Council.
What is the purpose of the NDPAC?
The aims of the NDPAC are to:
- Develop and promote policy positions of value to Aboriginal people
- Promote the election of NDP candidates, particularly Aboriginal candidates
- Provide support and assistance to NDP provincial sections in their efforts to organize Aboriginal New Democrats at a local and provincial level
- Promote the NDP among Aboriginal people
- Promote greater awareness among Canadians of the contributions of Aboriginal people to Canada and of issues of concern to Aboriginal people
- Assist the NDP in creating a welcoming environment for the participation of Aboriginal people in party operations; and
- Pursue structural change within the NDP to allow for increased aboriginal input and authority in the policy process.
Who are we?
The NDPAC is made up of First Nations, Inuit and Métis people who are members of the NDP. We also created the position of “affiliate member” for interested non-Aboriginal members of the NDP and Aboriginal people who are not yet New Democrats.
Why you should join the NDPAC?
Government and politics matter. It is time for First Nations, Inuit and Métis people to make their voices heard. The NDP is the only federal political party that puts social justice first. We are ready and willing to listen and to act on what we hear. This is a tremendous opportunity to make a real, positive difference on behalf of Aboriginal people across the country.
How can you get involved?
You can join by contacting the NDPAC online or by calling 613-236-3613.
Together, we can bring about a deeper conversation, and from it, a stronger voice on aboriginal issues for the NDP and for Aboriginal people in Canada.