First Peoples National Party of Canada
|First Peoples National Party of Canada|
Unregistered federal party
|Leader||Will Morin (interim)|
|Headquarters||242 St. George Street,
|Ideology||Aboriginal rights advocacy, Indigenous nationalism|
|Colours||orange, also red, yellow, black and white|
|Politics of Canada
The First Peoples National Party of Canada (FPNPC) was a registered federal political party in Canada. It intends to advance the issues of the Aboriginal peoples in Canada by nominating candidates for election in electoral districts with large Aboriginal populations. The party contested several elections between 2006 and 2011. The party was deregistered by Elections Canada on July 5, 2013.
The FPNPC held its first organizational meeting in October 2004 in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. The similarly minded Aboriginal Peoples Party of Canada began organizing independently in the summer of 2005. Although the parties contrasted somewhat in their desire to work closely with or at arm's-length from national aboriginal organizations such as the Assembly of First Nations, it is believed[by whom?] that the two parties have merged their applications for registration to facilitate gaining Elections Canada recognition. One of the conditions of that agreement was a national convention in which the party's name would be put to the membership for a vote.
Barbara Wardlaw, an Ojibwa from the Michipicoten First Nation near Sault Ste. Marie, served as the party's interim leader in the 2006 and 2008 elections. She was succeeded by Will Morin, who also serves as leader on an interim basis. Morin was the party's only candidate in the 2011 election, receiving 0.50 percent of the votes in the riding of Sudbury.
|Election||Candidate||Riding||# of votes||% of popular vote|
|2006||Doug Dokis||Calgary Centre-North||206|
|Guy Dumas||Sault Ste. Marie||225|
|John Malcolm||Fort McMurray—Athabasca||337|
|Don Roberts||Cariboo—Prince George||95|
|2008||Rob Ballantyne||Desnethé—Missinippi—Churchill River||282|
|John Malcolm||Fort McMurray—Athabasca||244|
|Lyle Morrisseau||Winnipeg Centre||212|
|Noeline Villebrun||Western Arctic||252|
- "Saultite spearheads new national political party". Sootoday.com, June 1, 2005.
- First Perspective: First candidate tosses hat in the ring for Aboriginal Peoples Party leader
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