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The national chief of the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples says he was caught off guard by Monday’s announcement by the federal government to split Indigenous Affairs into two departments.
“We’re waiting to see what exactly, what this implies for CAP. I know we’ll be meeting in the very near future with INAC representatives to find out exactly what this means for CAP,” said Robert Bertrand.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau split Indigenous and Northern Affairs into two departments and named a second minister.
The two departments of Indigenous Affairs will have one side focusing on a new relationship with Indigenous people, such as First Nations working on self-government agreements, and the other will continue providing services for all First Nations.
Minister Carolyn Bennett will lead the new department becoming the minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs, former Health Minister Jane Philpott will becomes the minister of Indigenous Services.
Dene National Chief Bill Erasmus thinks the split is a good move.
But also wants to know how this will work on the ground.
“We know that the bureaucrats are pretty resistant to change. there’s always been resistance. But if we can have a clear understanding on how to proceed then surely we can get some things done” said Erasmus.