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MMIWG Chief Commissioner is asked to resign

MMIWG Chief Commissioner Marion Buller got an earful at the AFN chief’s special assembly in Ottawa Thursday.

A Manitoba leader asked for her resignation.

And an AFN resolution supported more time and money for the Inquiry – and that Buller resign her position.

Originally aired December 08, 2017


Halfway through its mandate, the government defends its record

Political panel rates how well the government has handled the Indigenous file since being elected.

Thunder Bay MP Don Rusnak explains whether or not the city he represents is in crisis.

And a BC coastal leader wants Ottawa’s help to prevent fuel spills near her community.

Originally aired November 30, 2017


Is government bureaucracy is interfering with the National Inquiry into MMIWG?

Political panel discusses whether government bureaucracy is interfering with the MMIWG Inquiry.

And Auditor General Michael Ferguson says Health Canada had no idea if its programs targeting Indigenous dental health were effective.

Originally aired November 23, 2017


Metis leader expresses skepticism on Riel anniversary

On Nation to Nation, Metis leader questions the honour of the Crown on the anniversary of Louis Riel’s execution.

And the leaders of modern day treaties and self-government agreements are cautiously optimistic about implementation under the Trudeau government.

Originally aired November 16, 2017


How Bill S-3 is ending sex discrimination in the Indian Act

A deal was announced on finally passing Bill S-3. It ends sex discrimination in the Indian Act by restoring status to women who married non-status men. The political panel discusses the ending of sex discrimination in the Indian Act with Bill S-3.

Also, discussion on the devastating wildfire season last summer. Plus, speculation about who the next justice of the Supreme Court of Canada may be.

Originally aired November 9, 2017


How band membership is determined and why it became an issue on Parliament Hill

The political panel debates band membership under the Indian Act and the exploding population of Indigenous prisoners.

As well, a Winnipeg member of parliament offers a dire warning about Indigenous languages. Robert Falcon Ouellette says if nothing is done now, it could be too late to save them.

Originally aired November 2, 2017


Jordan’s Principle still taking bureaucrats by surprise

A look at the woes besetting the National Inquiry into MMIWG and even though Jordan’s Principle was supposed to have been a guiding motion for the past decade, as late as a year ago some bureaucrats at Health Canada still didn’t know what it was.

Also on this episode of Nation To Nation, the hereditary Chief in British Columbia. Is the BC premier and the Minister of Agriculture on their side when it comes to getting rid of fish farms in his traditional territory?

Originally aired October 26, 2017


A look at what’s wrong with the way specific claims are resolved

Yvonne Jones, Cathy McLeod, and Georgina Jolibois all weigh in on what’s wrong with the way specific claims are resolved. It takes too long and costs too much. So is another overhaul of the process going to be effective?

As well, there’s been a lot of talk about self-government and self-determination. But not so much about re-establishing Indigenous law. Legal scholar Val Napoleon of the Faculty of Law at the University of Victoria says you can’t have effective self-government without it.

Originally aired October 19, 2017


Indigenous people overrepresented in prisons, under-represented in trade

Senator Kim Pate talks about the staggering numbers of Indigenous people in prison, especially for females, where nearly 38 percent of all female prisoners are Aboriginal women.

As well, what does the North American Free Trade Agreement have to do with Indigenous people? International trade lawyer Wayne Garnons-Williams says it has a lot to do with it. And is pushing for an Indigenous chapter to be included in NAFTA.

Originally aired October 12, 2017


MMIWG Inquiry, and what is a government to government relationship?

Laurie Odjick is one of the speakers at Octobers’s Sisters in Spirit vigil on Parliament Hill. Her daughter Maisy has been missing since 2008.

Odjick joins Nation to Nation host Todd in the studio and explains why she still supports the National Inquiry into MMIWG, despite having reservations.

As well, the political panel is back and one the issues on the table is – what exactly does having a government to government relationship mean?

Originally aired October 5, 2017