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First Nations children left out to dry in Liberal government’s priorities

By Jenn Jefferys      

'Somewhere between the press conferences, flights to Sweden and photo ops with Barack Obama, one extremely important demographic' has been forgotten.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stands with Marie Wilson, Chief Wilton Littlechild and Justice Murray Sinclair at the December 15, 2015 release of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission final report on the Canadian residential schools. Despite Mr. Trudeau's genuine passion at the event, Jenn Jeffery's says the 2016 budget falls "far below" expectations for First Nations children. Power and Influence Photograph by Jake Wright

Not long ago, I stood just a few metres back from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on the day the Truth and Reconciliation Commission released its final report on the Canadian residential school legacy. The air in the room was heavy, sobering, and rich with sage. Many, if not all, of our eyes, were clouded by tears as we looked on to witness Justice Murray Sinclair, Chief Wilton Littlechild, and Dr. Marie Wilson collectively cap off an historic six-year mandate—one that laid bare the horrifying residential school experience for what it was: a sickening, culturally genocidal institution designed by racists to “kill the Indian in the child.”

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Guilbeault says feds ‘absolutely prepared’ to make tweaks to feds’ media aid package

News|By Beatrice Paez
Plus, the heritage minister says recommendations made by an expert broadcast review panel will be used to inform a forthcoming government bill, which he expects to table before the House rises this summer.

Feds eyeing ‘social-distancing’ measures in response to growing concerns over coronavirus outbreak, health official says

News|By Palak Mangat
Foreign Affairs Minister François-Philippe Champagne says there's no plan to repatriate those asking to be repatriated from Iran amid the coronavirus outbreak.

Lead up to Buffalo Declaration ‘disingenuous’ to Alberta, national caucus, says Conservative MP Kusie

News|By Mike Lapointe
Pollster Nik Nanos called the release of the declaration 'a bit of a veiled threat, especially considering no one was given a heads up and it just came right out of the blue.'

‘A fundamental reset’: pollsters, Indigenous experts call for re-examination of feds’ approach to reconciliation

'There’s no solution here that gives the hereditary chiefs what they want that doesn’t blow the underpinnings of the Canadian regulatory process for reviewing infrastructure,' says pollster Greg Lyle.

MPs still figuring out feedback, as key decisions await Centre Block renovation project

The three-member working group set up by the House Board of Internal Economy in 2019 to oversee Centre Block’s renovation was disbanded with the last Parliament, and discussions are now underway on its successor.

American presidential election could define new U.S. envoy Aldona Wos’ time in Ottawa, say analysts

News|By Neil Moss
Aldona Wos is the second straight top Republican donor from a southern U.S. state that U.S. President Donald Trump has nominated as ambassador to Canada.

Prison watchdog calls for independent inquiry into death of sex worker

An independent investigation is necessary to avoid the risk of a ‘self-serving’ report from CSC and the Parole Board, says Ivan Zinger.

MPs to hold emergency debate on Teck’s decision to kill oilsands project

'The decision that was taken was a decision taken by Teck for its reasons,' says Environment Minister Jonathan Wilkinson.

Chinese ambassador touts Beijing’s coronavirus response in panel on Canada-China relations

Beijing's envoy to Canada also suggests that if Ottawa were to release Meng Wanzhou, the bilateral relationship would not only return to status quo, but would be brought to new heights.
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