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Nation to Nation takes a weekly look at the politics affecting Aboriginal people in Canada. Join host Todd Lamirande as he connects you to the decision makers in Ottawa and across the country.


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Child welfare, Indigenous law and the border put under the spotlight

Cindy Blackstock says there is still work to do despite government efforts to close funding gap on child welfare.

Legal scholar Val Napoleon couldn’t be happier that the British Columbia government will fund an Indigenous law program at the University of Victoria.

And a Haida lawyer explains why two Haida men shouldn’t have been detained by Canada Border Services.

Originally aired February 22, 2018


Prime minister’s announcement is analyzed and dissected on Nation to Nation

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made a bold announcement Wednesday in the relationship between his government and Indigenous people.

He promised, before the next election, to have a legislative framework in place to recognize Indigenous rights. It will guide all government interactions with Indigenous people.

Originally aired February 15, 2018


Saganash’s UNDRIP bill dominates discussion on Nation to Nation

N2N’s political panel debates Bill C-262, on the adoption of UNDRIP.

It passed second reading Wednesday night.

Conservative Party voted against it, saying it’s being rushed through Parliament. Liberals disagree.

Originally aired February 8, 2018


The political panel is back and takes aim at the department of Indigenous services

The political panel is back and talking about the new department of Indigenous Services.

Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs Grand Chief Arlen Dumas describes what he wants a nation to nation relationship to look like.

And an Indigenous woman from Mexico wants Canadians to take note of her people’s plight against a major highway development.

Originally aired February 1, 2018


The emergency meeting on the crisis in child welfare

On Nation to Nation it was day one of the emergency meeting on child and family services.

Children are being disconnected from their families and communities and becoming lost said one Indigenous leader.

And Nunavut’s senator wants input from residents ahead of a new arctic policy by Ottawa.

Originally aired January 25, 2018


Chief Commissioner explains delay in asking feds for extension on MMIWG inquiry

Inquiry’s Chief Commissioner Marion Buller defends her staff and delays in asking the federal government for an extension.

An Ontario leader says First Nations there aren’t ready for legal marijuana this summer.

And an interim board member says the new national reconciliation commission will act in the role of a watchdog.

Originally aired January 18, 2018


Two courts will be hearing some important cases

Important court cases seek groundbreaking decisions.

One in Northern Ontario wants the annual annuity raised substantially from $4.

While the Supreme Court of Canada will hear arguments on Monday where governments would have to consult First Nations before legislation is crafted and passed.

Originally aired January 11, 2018


The Federal government takes some licks on the final show of 2017

It’s been almost exactly five years since Idle No More got started on the Prairies.

Although it held a rally in Toronto today and plan another one in Winnipeg this weekend, its public presence is arguably not like it was in 2012.

In this episode of Nation To Nation, we take a look at Idle No More and the federal government.

Originally aired December 21, 2017


Government needs to stop treating families disrespectfully – NDP

Opposition members take the government to task.

For making Angela Sheeshish go to court to get permission to tell the world about her ordeal at the St. Anne’s residential school.

And Ontario regional chief Isadore Day wants more time to explore the impacts of making pot legal.

Originally aired December 14, 2017


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 7, 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