‘A new day for indigenous peoples in Canada’

The 2015 election featured 54 indigenous candidates, 10 of whom were elected to the House of Commons. It’s the most number of First Nations, Inuit and Métis Members of Parliament in Canada’s history. What does it mean for federal public policy? ‘Renewing the nation-to-nation relationship with indigenous peoples lies at the heart of a strong Canada. Our legacy as a government will depend on it,’ says the country’s first indigenous Justice Minister. PHOTOGRAPHS BY JAKE WRIGHT

‘The number of indigenous MPs, along with our government’s strong commitment to reconciliation with indigenous peoples, speaks volumes to how far we have come as a country. This makes me so very proud to be both indigenous and Canadian,’ says Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould. P&I photograph by Blair Gable

By ALLY FOSTER, BEA VONGDOUANGCHANH

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, April 20, 2016 12:00 AM

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