Throughout history, people in Canada with indigenous ancestry have been marginalized. This practice needs to be corrected by putting in place a National Registry for all Canadian Citizens who self-identify as an indigenous person.
Indigenous Indigenous peoples, also known as first peoples, aboriginal peoples, native peoples, or autochthonous peoples, are ethnic groups who are descended from and identify with the original inhabitants of a given region, in contrast to groups that have settled, occupied or colonized the area more recently
The First Nations are the predominant aboriginal peoples of Canada south of the Arctic. Those in the Arctic are distinct and known as Inuit. The Métis, another distinct ethnicity, developed after European contact and relations primarily between First Nations people and Europeans.
Métis are persons of mixed blood – European / Aboriginal blood, someone who is distinct from Indian and Inuit who has genealogical ties to aboriginal ancestry.
DNA contains our unique genetic code and is hereditary, it contains the foundation and verifiable proof of who we are as Indigenous people. A national registration of the aboriginal people of Canada will eliminate discrimination and restore dignity to those who have yet to be recognized.
Let us introduce to you the Canadian Indigenous Verification Agency (CIVA). It is our new DNA registry system for ALL Indigenous people, to first and foremost identify and prove our ancestry so we can be recognized and affirmed for who we are as an indigenous people.
It is important to understand that Section 35 of the Constitution Act recognizes aboriginal rights but did not create them—aboriginal rights have existed before Section 35. Section 35 of the Constitution Act states: “35. (1) The existing aboriginal and treaty rights of the aboriginal peoples of Canada are hereby recognized and affirmed. (2) In this Act, "aboriginal peoples of Canada" includes the Indian, Inuit and Métis peoples of Canada. (3) For greater certainty, in subsection (1) "treaty rights" includes rights that now exist by way of land claims agreements or may be so acquired. (4) Notwithstanding any other provision of this Act, the aboriginal and treaty rights referred to in subsection (1) are guaranteed equally to male and female persons. “
Section 35 of The Constitution Act, 1982 recognizes and affirms existing aboriginal rights, but does not define them. What aboriginal rights include has been the topic of much debate and discussion, and they have been defined over time through Supreme Court cases such as R. v. Calder and R. v. Sparrow, R. v. Powley, Daniels v. Canada. Aboriginal (Indigenous) rights have been interpreted to include a range of cultural, social, political, and economic rights including the right to land, as well as to fish, to hunt, to practice one’s own culture, and to establish treaties. Registration is also a primary source of information about the aboriginal people of Canada, who and where they are. The problem we have in Canada is that recognition and registration of the aboriginal (indigenous) people has often fallen short. Making available a comprehensive registration of the indigenous people of Canada guarantees their identity, their dignity and their rights.
We will keep you updated on new developments as CIVA takes shape. In partnership with one of Canada’s leading DNA companies, we are able to offer you this exciting new verifiable proof.