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

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

“To truly renew the relationship between Canada and Indigenous Peoples – not just for today, but for the next 150 years – we need a comprehensive and far-reaching approach. We need a government-wide shift in how we do things,” he said.

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.

Dan Vandal, the chair of the Liberal party’s Indigenous caucus, said during N2N’s political panel that it will mean less time spent in court litigating Indigenous people’s inherent rights.

The opposition wonders if this can be done in the given time frame.

“Eighteen months, it does worry me because in 18, the way the system works in Ottawa, it moves very slowly,” said NDP MP Georgina Jolibois. “And I am concerned that the hopes of Indigenous people may be raised again. And therefore I hope the prime minister will move along not slowly, but move along to make progress.”

Cathy McLeod, the Conservative shadow minister for Indigenous Affairs, is skeptical of how such a far-reaching framework can be achieved.

“He’s got to be careful about raising hopes that you know (are) possibly just going to be dashed again,” she said. “This is a huge complex initiative and he’s committed to it in 18 months.”

Policy analyst Russ Diabo believes this framework, which is supposed to use the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People as its base, will replace NDP MP Romeo Saganash’s efforts to do the same through his private member’s bill, C-262.

Diabo said the government paid lip-service to C-262 because this framework initiative was always the priority. But there’s a lack of meat on the bones of Trudeau’s message.

“I think the lack of time to respond, to react is very concerning. And the lack of details in the announcement yesterday, very concerning,” he said.

Diabo is especially troubled by a lack of detail because the initiative will guide relations with Indigenous people for decades.

“It’s going to last for generations,” he said. “So that regardless of what happens in the next election, it will be hard for the next government to undo it.”

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2 Responses to “Prime minister’s announcement is analyzed and dissected on Nation to Nation”

    Tupac Enrique Acosta February 16, 2018 at 2:29 pm #

    The Law of Exceptions: NAFTA and the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

    Open Letter to the Ministers of State and the Public Societies of Canada-US-Mexico


    We call upon the ministers of government at all levels of Canada-US-Mexico and the public constituencies of their respective societies to address without prejudice or discrimination the above clarifications. We assert that these clarifications command rectification of the crime of colonialism and a moratorium on all NAFTA economic development projects impacting the territories of the Nations and Pueblos of Indigenous Peoples until the right of Free, Prior and Informed Consent of the Indigenous Peoples is fully recognized, respected, and protected in the spirit of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, as follows:

    “Affirming that Indigenous Peoples are equal to all other peoples,…..”

    John February 16, 2018 at 2:00 am #

    Here we have a government that wants to work with indigenous peoples of Canada and do the right thing on every level i think we have a chance to reconcile on the many issues are and we’re very troubling.lets not be scared of change let’s embrace it