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On a special edition of Nation to Nation: The Assembly of First Nations elected its National Chief and it’s a familiar name. But it didn’t come without controversy.
A Crown Minister met with Chiefs on Election Day and the optics weren’t good.
Originally aired July 26, 2018
It’s the final episode of the season and the focus is on the crisis in child welfare.
We hear from two mothers who refused to consent to having their children apprehended.
And Indigenous Services Minister Jane Philpott explains how the policy of her department has changed to prevention rather than apprehension.
Originally aired May 31, 2018
There’s only one week left for the federal government to meet its so-called promise to Kinder Morgan.
And that is to guarantee that by May 31, a deadline imposed by the Texas-based oil company, that the Trans Mountain pipeline will be built.
NDP leader Jagmeet Singh said this week taxpayers should not be expected to cover any losses due to delays, which the Trudeau government has promised.
Originally aired May 24, 2018
The Grand Chief of the Mohawk Council of Kanesatake is not happy with the Liberal government’s support of Kinder Morgan, calling Trudeau’s claim of a new relationship with Indigenous people a lie.
Kinder Morgan and Ottawa want the Tsleil-Waututh Nation to pay their legal bills over a possible delay in the judicial review to overturn the Trans Mountain pipeline project.
And one of the very few Indigenous people running in Ontario’s upcoming election would like to see more candidates like her vying for a seat in Queen’s Park in the future.
Originally aired May 17, 2018
All week long the Conservative opposition has accused the government of nepotism and conflict of interest when awarding a clam harvesting quota to Five Nations Clams.
Twenty-five percent of it is owned by five Indigenous groups but the brother of a Liberal MP owns the other seventy-five percent.
As well, Muskrat Falls Hydro land protector had another run in with the police at a rally on Parliament Hill.
Originally aired May 10, 2018
Ontario Regional Chief Isadore Day says the spirit of the white paper is still alive on the day Prime Minister Justin Trudeau addressed the AFN’s Special Chiefs Assembly.
FSIN Chief Bobby Cameron is not convinced First Nations have been consulted enough over Ottawa’s proposed framework initiative on Indigenous rights.
And the family of Colten Boushie made a plea to the chiefs in attendance as they push for a Royal Commission to look into Colten’s death.
Originally aired May 2, 2018
On a special west coast edition on Nation to Nation: Yale First Nation Chief Ken Hansen accepted a Kinder Morgan deal as his community’s way out of poverty.
Chief Aaron Sumexheltza of the Lower Nicola Indian Band has a conditional agreement to allow the Trans Mountain pipeline through his territory.
And constitutional lawyer Jack Woodward says First Nations and their rights need to be foremost in pipeline negotiations.
Originally aired April 26, 2018
Our political panel of MPs debate how the federal government can possibly remove the uncertainty surrounding Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline project without mass arrests.
We speak to a witness at a parliamentary committee studying the overhaul of the way projects, like pipelines, are reviewed and approved.
And a man arrested for protesting at Kinder Morgan’s tank farm in Burnaby BC has his first day in court.
Originally aired April 19, 2018
Russ Diabo has been a frequent and vocal critic of the Assembly of First Nations, so he surprised everyone when he announced his intention to run for National Chief.
Two Ottawa area environmental activists talk about blocking the city’s traffic in support of opponents of the Kinder Morgan pipeline project.
And a British Columbia First Nation may be key to stopping the pipeline dead in its tracks.
Originally aired April 13, 2018
An Indigenous activist says Indigenous people arrested at a Kinder Morgan protest camp in BC are being treated differently than non-Indigenous people.
N2N talks to two people who have been living at the camp continuously.
And a Vancouver lawyer is fighting to get her clients band membership despite them already having status.
Originally aired April 5, 2018
Indigenous Crown Relations Parliamentary Secretary Yvonne Jones defends her government’s approach to an Indigenous rights framework.
The chief commissioner of Ontario’s Human Rights Commission explains why she thinks racism is pervasive and normalized in Timmins, Ontario.
And two Members of Parliament appeared before a House committee to explain why Indigenous languages should be easy to use in parliamentary proceedings.
Originally aired March 22, 2018
William George talks about the watch house he hopes will stop the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion in its tracks.
Dalhousie professor Amy Bombay says student on student abuse at residential schools was common.
And Chantell Barker talks about the over-representation of Indigenous women in prison at a UN session on the status of women.
Originally aired March 15, 2018
A former gang member addresses a one day summit on gangs and guns hosted by Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale.
MMIWG Chief Commissioner Marion Buller explains what the National Inquiry will do with the request for more time and money.
And a Nunavut MLA wants a more cautious approach to devolution discussions with the federal government.
Originally aired March 8, 2018
The political panel takes one last look at budget 2018 to debate whether it’s enough to begin to close the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people.
A $1.3 billion commitment to conservation in the budget may be of benefit to Indigenous communities.
And Aboriginal witnesses appeared before a Senate committee to talk about the impact of the new cannabis law.
Originally aired March 1, 2018
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 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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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