APOLOGY:The DPP presidential candidate said that if elected, she would apologize to Aboriginal peoples on behalf of the nation for their disadvantaged situation
Date: Aug 02, 2015
By: Loa Iok-sin / Staff reporter
Aboriginal representatives join Democratic Progressive Party presidential candidate Tsai
Ing-wen, center, at a news conference in Taipei yesterday. Photo: Liao Chen-huei, Taipei Times
Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Chairperson Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) yesterday vowed to push for legal recognition of Pingpu Aborigines as well as Aboriginal autonomy once elected president.
Tsai made the vows during a news conference in Taipei to present her Aboriginal policy platform, marking her first policy presentation since she received the DPP’s official nomination as its presidential candidate.
“The DPP has not forgotten that Pingpu Aborigines are also members of Taiwan’s indigenous peoples, and they are entitled to the same degree of protection of their rights [as legally recognized Aboriginal people are] once their Aboriginal status is restored,” Tsai said, triggering a round of loud applause. “We will recognize the Pingpu Aborigines’ identity and right to make policy and laws, as well as actively preserve Pingpu languages and cultures, and, of course, as the population of [legally recognized] Aborigines increases, we will also increase relevant budgets.” [FULL STORY]