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|
The First Peoples National Party of Canada (FPNPC) was a registered federal political party in Canada. It intends to advance the lives of the Aboriginal peoples in Canada getting involved in the federal electoral process, engage the public on Indigenous issues, and calling upon the grassroots to get involved by nominating candidates for election in electoral districts with large Aboriginal populations. The party ran candidates in 3 federal elections between 2006 and 2011. The party was voluntarily deregistered by Elections Canada on July 5, 2013. "When the grassroots movement Idle No More in Dec 2012 began to take the lead to engage the public on issues affecting Aboriginal people in Canada, the FPNP has done their part and now needs to humbly step aside." Will Morin past interim-leader.
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.
In the fall of 2005 the FPNP filed its application for registration as a political party, with all requirements met we received the title "eligible for party status," waiting on the next federal election. The party nominated five candidates in Alberta, British Columbia and Ontario in the 2006 federal election. On December 26th, 2005, Will Morin, an Ojibway from Michipicoten First Nation was the first of these 5 candidates to be officially registered by Elections Canada. This registration, during a federal election, made the FPNP an official political party.
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.
FPNP Mandate and Primary Goal The primary goal of the FPNP is bring the culture of "Inclusion" to parliament and to invite the Government of Canada and Canadians to recognize the fundamental flaw in our governing structures, systems and our shared histories.
The mandate of the FPNP is to; • promote sustainable development, conservation and economic de-growth (respecting traditional ways and the earth), http://www.pvictor.com/MWG/About_the_Book.html http://www.nationalpost.com/news/Human+rights+proposed+birds+bees+trees/4598924/story.html • to represent the grassroots, encourage participation in our Canadian political process, • create effective social programs http://www.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/theme-theme.action?pid=10000&lang=eng&more=0 • to respect the spiritual & cultural values of all Canadians.
FPNP Vision The FPNP believe that the future of Canada depends on First Nations Peoples having their own place recognized and respected in the governing of this country. The Moral path is a difficult one to walk yet we need to do so together if we wish to grow as a nation.
The Vision of the FPNP is to; • Promote the implementing compulsory Native Studies courses for Graduation in High School and University. Without education reforms we can not move forward as a nation.
• Abolish the Senate and replaced with an equal but second house, the First Nations House / Gimaa-gamig (First Nations elected representatives for First Nations Peoples of Canada) in the House of Commons equal to that of the present parliament,
|Election||Candidate||Riding||# of votes||% of popular vote|
|2006||Doug Dokis||Calgary Centre-North||206||0.37|
|Guy Dumas||Sault Ste. Marie||225||0.49|
|John Malcolm||Fort McMurray—Athabasca||337||1.38|
|Don Roberts||Cariboo—Prince George||95||0.22|
|2008||Rob Ballantyne||Desnethé—Missinippi—Churchill River||282||1.47|
|John Malcolm||Fort McMurray—Athabasca||244||0.91|
|Lyle Morrisseau||Winnipeg Centre||212||0.84|
|Noeline Villebrun||Western Arctic||252||1.84|
- "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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