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ASSEMBLY OF FIRST NATIONS ACTION PLAN ON INAC SUITE OF LEGISLATION DECEMBER 11, 2002

OBJECTIVES:
1) To provide direct actions, in order to, convince Canadians in general, as well as, the Prime Minister, Cabinet, federal party caucuses, the House of Commons and the Senate, to stop and withdraw Canadas proposed colonial, offensive suite of legislation, which presently includes the governance (C-7), fiscal (C-19) and claims (C-6) Bills; and 2) To convince Canada to pursue an alternative dialogue and actions with First Nations and First Nation organizations, based upon the recommendations of the Penner Report on Indian Self-government and portions of the Final Report and Recommendations of the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples; and recent case law i.e. Delgamuukw and Marshall.

KEY TARGET DATES:

December 2002 -- January/February 2003 - Interventions with P.M., Cabinet Ministers, M.P.s. Senators, Parliamentary Standing
Committee on Aboriginal Affairs and Senate Standing Committee on Aboriginal Peoples March, 2003 -- AFN Emergency Special Assembly July, 2003 -- AFN Annual General Assembly
KEY ELEMENTS
A. FIRST NATIONS POLITICAL ACTION

ACTION ITEM
1. Develop a national First Nations policy on consultation standards 2. Develop a Rights Based plan using the recommendations of the Penner and RCAP Reports, as well as, recent case law & taking into account the report done by Fred Lazar as presented at the November 2002 Special Assembly 3. Develop a draft negotiation protocol with federal government 4. Develop a Resolution/Declaration template rejecting federal suite of legislation 5. Assist in the implementation of the Assembly of First Nations resolutions 6. Establishment of Command Centre & Embassy offices 1. Organize and brief political lobby teams 2. Invite leaders, community members and technicians to participate as lobbyists 3. Schedule lobbying sessions with P.M., Cabinet, MPs, Senators, Party Caucuses 4. Prepare legislative briefings. 5. Coordinate letter campaign to MPs and government officials 1. Develop materials & Engage community dialogue to ensure full understanding of the impacts and linkages between the suite of

NATIONAL REGIONAL FIRST NATION

TIME FRAME

RESOURCING

B.

POLITICAL LOBBYING & LEGISLATIVE BRIEFINGS

C.

COMMUNICATIONS INTERNAL

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legislation by First Nations members 2. Obtain ongoing feedback and direction 3. Continue distribution of information to First Nations nationally and regionally, locally. D. MEDIA RELATIONS 1. Conduct a positive National public campaign to counteract government smear campaign 2. Retain professional PR person to lead media strategy national/regional 3. Identify key spokespeople, ie., sovereignty advocates 4. Arrange/coordinate media briefings, press conferences, etc 5. Develop media contacts 6. Increase communication with First Nations media APTN, CONTACT 1. Share information with key institutions ie., schools, municipal associations 2. Gather support from general Canadian public Canadian organizations/groups 1. Identify & coordinate direct actions to implement our rights including; Peaceful rallies and information tolls Sit-ins/occupations at MP, Senator and federal offices 2. Promote objectives: Rights Based agenda Stop Canadas illegal, immoral colonial laws 3. Publicize Treaties & Inherent Rights (Declaration of International Rights) 4. Launch letter campaign with MPs 1. Establish First Nations network for unity 2. Assist and participate in Assembly of First Nations Assemblies as required 3. Participate in other regional assemblies pertaining to protection of Treaty & Inherent Rights 4. Focus on consensus building at all political levels 5. Participate in the Implementation Committee on the Protection of Treaty & Inherent Rights 6. Emphasize National coordination of information Commitments of Gathering Strength Red Book Commitments Comparative review of RCAP and Gathering Strength Self government agreements and treaty negotiations Accountability of Indian monies approved by Treasury Board to federal departments Address Federal government record on trust money, accountability lack thereof

E.

PUBLIC EDUCATION

F. DIRECT ACTION/ASSERTION OF RIGHT

G. FIRST NATIONS SOLIDARITY

H.

CHALLENGE GOVERNMENT OF CANADAS ACCOUNTABILITY

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I.

INTERNATIONAL CAMPAIGN ON SOLIDARITY

1. Canadian profile in International forums ie., FN Human rights, continuation of oppression, colonel structures, measuring domestic conduct vs emerging international standards 2. Identify and coordinate national and regional spokespeople or team 3. Participate in Indigenous Gatherings pertaining to Indigenous Rights, ie., NAIC, WCIP 4. To ensure the appropriate wording of our Rights into the UN Draft Convention on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples 5. Send delegation to England Chiefs deliver Proclamation 6. Joint Assembly in New York United Nations between AFN & NCAI in September 2002 7. Coordinate other interest groups 1. 2. Coordinate discussion with legal team Review & determine best legal options and approaches and time frames with an immediate focus on an injunction to prevent further advance of the legislative suite

J.

LITIGATION

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