Nation to Nation
On Halloween, Crown Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett sent out a letter to First Nations.
The Federal Government wants to begin consultations on membership and citizenship.
The same day the NDP brought up Bill S-3 in Question Period. It aims to end sex discrimination in the Indian Act.
But an amendment by Senator Marilou McPhedran to eliminate a cut-off date of 1951 has been rejected by the house. This with a December 22nd deadline looming.
“In my 9 years as a Member of Parliament I’ve never seen such a botched piece of legislation from start to, and we’re not at the finish line yet,” said Conservative shadow minister for Indigenous Affairs Cathy McLeod during the Nation to Nation political panel.
As well on the show, Winnipeg Member of Parliament Robert-Falcon Ouellette offered a dire warning about Indigenous languages.
“But if we don’t do anything now, probably within five years, we’re going to hit a point where we can’t go back,” he said.
And the Premier of the Northwest Territories was in Ottawa this week. Bob McLeod says the Federal Government is throttling prosperity there.
He says it is threatening economic potential and the decades-long work taken on Indigenous reconciliation.
“We don’t have reserves in the Northwest Territories. So we provide programs and services to all people. And we’re not sure how that’s going to wind up,” McLeod told host Todd Lamirande.