The Assembly of First Nations, which says First Nations can make a vote difference in 51 ridings, will be holding an open forum today on the federal election campaign. The forum will focus on First Nations priorities, something political parties have not discussed much over this 11-week campaign. With 12 days left to go on the campaign, the Liberals are the only party with a detailed plan to address issues affecting indigenous peoples. The platform says a Liberal government will renew the Canada-Indigenous Peoples relationship by meeting with First Nations, Metis and Inuit leaders every year, repealing measures in the Canada Elections Act that make it harder for indigenous peoples to vote and reintroduce a modern Kelowna Accord. The Liberals say they will also lift the two per cent cap on funding for First Nations programs and increase revenue sharing. The Liberal platform also commits to “closing the funding gap and improving outcomes for First Nations” education by investing $2.6-billion in First Nations education and a further $500-million to build and refurbish schools. In addition to this, the Liberals say they will invest $50-million for the post-secondary student support program to support indigenous students. The platform also commits to working with the Metis nation to establish a federal claims process to recognize self-government and resolve outstanding claims, make funding for Metis identification and registration permanent, develop a Metis Economic Development Strategy and invest $25-million over five years to implement it. A Liberal government would also immediately call a national public inquiry into missing and murdered indigenous women and girls as well as implement the recommendations from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. The Green Party also has a page in its platform dedicated to “building strong First Nations and indigenous communities.” If elected, the Green Party, who wants to “build a new, nation-to-nation partnership based on mutual respect and understanding,” commits to implementing the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. The party will also “recogniz indigenous rights and title, and will negotiate in good faith to settle land claims, establish treaties and self-government arrangements and repeal the Indian Act” if there is consensus among First Nations. The party will also “expand rural health care infrastructure by investing in telehealth and mobile medical units, to ensure indigenous communities have access to critical care.” A Green government would also launch a national inquiry in missing and murdered aboriginal women and girls. In addition, its platform commits to investing in funding for “culturally appropriate education in traditional languages.” The NDP, meanwhile, does not mention First Nations or indigenous issues on its website under “Plan.” The party has not yet released a full platform, but NDP Leader Tom Mulcair said on Oct. 4: “An NDP government will call a national inquiry into murdered and missing indigenous women within our first 100 days in office.We will also work with women’s groups and indigenous communities and organizations to create a comprehensive and coordinated national action plan to end violence against women. I am determined to begin a new era of relations with indigenous communities in Canada that embraces a true Nation-to-Nation relationship, built on respect and, above all, makes meaningful progress when it comes to bringing about change.” Mr. Mulcair is the only leader to be confirmed as attending the forum. The Conservatives have not directly mentioned indigenous or First Nations issues either and have also not released a full platform. Conservative Leader Stephen Harper announced early in the campaign a commitment to invest in Canada’s North, however, saying, “Investing in infrastructure is critical to advancing the economic and social development of the North, and making the North an easier and more affordable place to live, work and raise a family.” The AFN forum takes place at the Edmonton Marriott at River Cree Resort, Enoch, Alta., starting at 9 a.m. There will be a live stream available for viewing here. Where the leaders are, day 66 (all times local) Conservative Leader Stephen Harper and Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau have no public events today. NDP Leader Tom Mulcair will address the AFN’s Open Forum today at 9:30 a.m. in Enoch, Alta. He will then head to Whitefish Bay, Ont., to deliver a speech. He will then hold a media availability at the Kenora, Ont., airport. Green Party Leader Elizabeth May will make an announcement in Victoria, B.C., today at 10:30 a.m. She will then participate in the University of Victoria all candidates fair and debates at from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. before heading to a town hall in Langford, B.C., at 6 p.m. Elsewhere on the agenda (all times local) Liberal candidate Stéphane Dion will hold a media availability in Markham–Stouffville, Ont., at 10:30 a.m. Best-selling Canadian author Will Ferguson will be at the Ottawa Writer’s Festival to discuss his new book, Road Trip Rwanda: A Journey Into the New Heart of Africa. The event takes place at 7 p.m. at the Centretown United Church. Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil will be the keynote speaker at the Economic Club of Canada’s luncheon in Toronto today at 11:45 a.m. He will discuss “how his government’s new approach to fiscal planning, collective bargaining and economic development will help grow his province’s economy.” The event takes place at the Royal York Hotel. The Economic Club of Canada is also hosting a luncheon in Edmonton today on the topic of rare diseases. The panel discussion features Canadian Organization for Rare Disorders president and CEO Durhane Wong-Rieger, Gilead Sciences Canada general manager Edward Gudaitis, former Alberta Health minister Fred Horne and ophthalmology professor Ian MacDonald. The event takes place at the Westin Edmonton at 11:30 a.m. Photo of the day There's a new party in town... It looks like some Game of Thrones and Star Wars fan got creative in this election campaign in the riding of Beaches-East York, Ont.! Lisa Kinsella tweeted these photos yesterday, saying, "I'm leaning Danaerys, but waiting to see Darth Vader's social policy agenda."