ⓘ First Peoples National Party of Canada

                                     

ⓘ First Peoples National Party of Canada

The First Peoples National Party of Canada 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, with then-leader Will Morin asserting that the partys purpose had been supplanted by the emergence of the Idle No More activist movement.

                                     

1. Background

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 arms length from national aboriginal organizations such as the Assembly of First Nations, it is believed 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 partys 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 26, 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 partys 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 partys only candidate in the 2011 election, receiving 0.50 percent of the votes in the riding of Sudbury.