Must governments in Canada consult with Indigenous communities prior to adopting legislation that could affect their rights? The Supreme Court of Canada’s decision in the Mikisew Cree case is a perfect example of a situation where the headlines and the trend lines differ in important ways. The headlines suggest the Mikisew Cree lost and that […]
IN A WEEK WHEN Indigenous people announced that reconciliation is postponed, if not cancelled, the Prime Minister sprinkled us with the sunshine of his forthcoming legal framework on Indigenous rights. Mr. Trudeau used bold words like engagement and implementation, even uttering the C-word, and claimed that his government would complete the unfinished business started by Trudeau […]
In what Assembly of First Nations Chief (AFN) National Chief Perry Bellegarde called a “crucial step towards reconciliation”, the Canadian House of Commons recently voted by 217 votes to 76 that Bill C-262, “An Act to ensure that the laws of Canada are in harmony with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous […]
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau wrote in his mandate letter to the newly-minted Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs, Carolyn Bennett, that “no relationship is more important to me and to Canada than the one with Indigenous Peoples.” This came just before he was to take on his first year in office. At the time, […]
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