Federal-Provincial Meeting of Ministers on Aboriginal Constitutional Matters, Framework Agreement Concerning Charter of Aboriginal Rights (2-3 November 1983)
Citation: Federal-Provincial Meeting of Ministers on Aboriginal Constitutional Matters, Framework Agreement Concerning Charter of Aboriginal Rights, Doc 830-138/007 (Ottawa: 2-3 November 1983).
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FEDERAL-PROVINCIAL MEETING OF MINISTERS
ON ABORIGINAL CONSTITUTIONAL MATTERS
Framework Agreement Concerning Charter
of Aboriginal Rights
Presented at the
Conference of First Ministers
on Aboriginal Constitutional Matters
held in Ottawa
on March 15-16, 1983
November 2-3, 1983
FRAMEWORK AGREEMENT CONCERNING
CHARTER OF ABORIGINAL RIGHTS
Subscribing First Ministers and the leaders of the Aboriginal
1. That Part II of the Constitution Act, 1982 remain, be revised
and be entitled Aboriginal Charter of Rights.
2. That rights of aboriginal people be recognized as collective
and individual rights.
3. That the word “existing” is to be removed from s. 35(1) when
particular rights are defined and entrenched and that the word
“guaranteed” be added after the word “affirmed”.
4. That Part II include:
(a) A definition of the term “Aboriginal peoples”.
(b) A statement concerning and a definition of aboriginal
title including the rights of the Aboriginal peoples of
Canada to a land base.
(c) A clause concerning aboriginal rights, including customary,
linguistic, cultural and spiritual rights.
(d) An enforcement clause.
(e) A clause relating to the initiation of amendments to any
item included in part II.
(f) A clause relating to the role of the Aboriginal peoples
with respect to amendments directly affecting them whether
contained in part II or not.
(g) A clause relating to the questions of fiscal responsibility
and program delivery.
(h) A clause concerning the status of treaties and analogous
agreements including the implementation of treaties.
(i) A clause concerning economic rights and benefits, including
hunting, fishing, trapping and gathering rights; and
concerning benefits from the development of renewable and
non-renewable resources to which there are aboriginal or
(j) Clauses relating to self-government for Indians, Inuits
(k) A clause relating to equal rights for Aboriginal women and