The White Paper, 1969
A government document meant to form the basis of legislation dealing
with Aboriginal rights. This never became a bill, due to its unpopularity
among Aboriginals. (See Red
- The legislative and constitutional basis of discrimination
based on the Indian Act should
- There should be a positive recognition of Aboriginal culture
and its uniqueness on Canadian life.
- Aboriginal services should come through the same channels
and government agencies used for all Canadians.
- The furthest behind should be helped the most.
- Lawful obligations should be recognized.
- Land control should be transferred to the Aboriginal peoples.
- The government is prepared to repeal the Indian Act, so Aboriginals
can acquire titles to and control over Aboriginal lands.
- The government is prepared to make funds available for Aboriginal
economic development as an interim measure.
- The government is prepared to drop the words "Indian
Affairs" from the Department of Indian Affairs and Northern
Development. Government responsibilities dealing with Aboriginals
would be transferred to other appropriate federal departments.
- The government is prepared to appoint a Royal
Commission to consult with the Aboriginals. The commission
would study and recommend adequate procedures for land claims