Position Statement - Indigenous Rights
The Alberta Party has extensively consulted with residents of Alberta from all walks of life to develop policy ideas which can benefit everyone. Many of these have included Alberta’s Indigenous people. It is estimated that there are 258,640 Indigenous people in Alberta with an average age of 26.9. In our discussions with First Nations, Metis and Inuit people several themes were consistently raised:
The Alberta Party recognizes the spirit and the intent of the Treaties entered into between the Crown and the First Nations.
The Alberta Party acknowledges and supports the inherent right to Self-Determination of Indigenous Peoples and commits to supporting them in building their Nations.
The Alberta Party commits to work with Indigenous communities at every stage to develop a path forward to fulfill and realize the intent of UNDRIP. (United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples)
The Alberta Party will enter into a mutually agreed upon process with First Nations, Metis and Inuit to address issues and the 94 recommendations from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
The Alberta Party will enter into a mutually agreed upon process with First Nations, Metis and Inuit to address issues and recommendations from the Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women Inquiry.
The Alberta Party, recognizes that chronic under-funding of First Nations, Metis and Inuit, communities has affected educational outcomes of students. The Alberta Party will enter into a mutually agreed upon process to address the on-reserve and on-settlement Education funding gap. This can be accomplished by ensuring that Jordan’s Principle is also applied to Education.
The Alberta Party recognizes the importance of traditional languages and culture for First Nations, Metis and Inuit. An Alberta Party-led government would reinforce these by entering into a mutually agreed upon process to strengthen these important pillars within the communities.
The Alberta Party will work with First Nations, Metis and Inuit to improve access to healthcare. An Alberta Party-led government recognizes that our society faces increasing medical and social challenges which have long-term consequences and must be addressed in a way that is holistic and culturally appropriate.
The Alberta Party will work with First Nations, Metis and Inuit communities to develop a culturally appropriate strategy for senior care.
The Alberta Party commits to work with First Nations, Metis and Inuit communities to transition jurisdiction of Children and Family Services from the Province to local indigenous authorities.
The Alberta Party, in collaboration with First Nations, Metis, Inuit and the Federal Government, will work to find solutions to Alberta’s First Nations, Metis and Inuit challenges in housing and community infrastructure.
The Alberta Party recognizes that economic development provides the foundation for long term sustainability of all First Nations, Metis and Inuit communities. An Alberta Party-led Government will work with First Nations, Metis and Inuit to reduce barriers to business, facilitate economic growth, explore equity ownership in projects/pipelines and revenue sharing.
The Alberta Party will honour and respect traditional hunting, fishing and harvesting rights, as a Section 35 right all Indigenous peoples will be treated equally.
This is about partnerships and we look forward to receiving your continued advice and direction in further developing policies which are relevant to First Nations, Metis and Inuit for the coming decades within the spirit and intent of this position paper.
HELPING FAR MORE FAMILIES AFFORD CHILD CARE
Far more lower and middle-income families will receive financial support to cover the costs of licensed child care through a new voucher program. The voucher can be used at any licensed child care and will provide a subsidy of up to 100% of the costs of a child care cost (up to established regional maximums)
The NDP’s $25/day child care proposal covers only 7,276 spaces. Our Children First plan applies to all licensed child care spaces in the province. There are over 260,000 Albertan children and more than 100,000 Albertan families to whom our program would apply.
The voucher will “follow the child”, putting decision-making in the hands of families rather than the government. This accommodates differences in childcare costs between care providers. Children up to age 6 will be covered.
The subsidy will be income-tested using a sliding scale calculation. For general reference, approximate maximum amounts that families would pay out-of-pocket for child care under this plan (i.e., after subsidy) are as follows:
Approximate Combined Family Income
Estimated Maximum Cost Per Day to Families Per Child
$0 - $29,999
$0 per day max
$30,000 - $49,999
$5 per day max
$50,000 - $69,999
$10 per day max
$70,000 - $89,999
$20 per day max
$90,000 - $110,000
$30 per day max
CAREGIVER TAX CREDIT
For families with children who do not use a licensed child care option, or do not make use of the voucher program, a new income-tested caregiver tax credit will be created to help recognize the costs involved in raising children.
CREATING MORE AFFORDABLE, SAFE, HIGH-QUALITY CHILD CARE SPACES
A comprehensive review of Alberta’s child care legislation will be undertaken, with a view to making it easier to create more licensed, safe, affordable, high-quality child care spaces.
A new investment credit will be established to encourage employers to create licensed child care spaces for children of employees.
CREATION OF A NEW MINISTRY OF EARLY CHILDHOOD
A new ministry will place a focus on early learning and early childhood in Alberta. It will work proactively, and in collaboration with other ministries, to encourage the healthy development of children during their early years. It is well established that preventative efforts during a child’s early years help bring about better outcomes as they move into adulthood.
Children First Plan
The Children First plan includes a major expansion of direct financial support to lower and middle-income families to cover the costs of licensed daycare and out-of-school care programs, a caregiver tax credit, and the creation of more affordable, high-quality child care spaces throughout the province.
Our plan will also power the creation of more safe, high-quality, affordable child care spaces throughout Alberta, and ensure the government places a new focus on our children’s early years.
This represents the biggest expansion of child care in the history of Alberta, which will support participation in the workforce and position Alberta for a prosperous future.”