The historical racially based piecemeal approach to change in the relationship with Indigenous peoples needs a big rethink.
Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations Carolyn Bennett announces Dec. 14 that Grand Chief Wilton Littlechild, right, will be chair of the interim board of directors working to establish a National Council for Reconciliation. Words like reconciliation are being used a lot in national discussions involving Indigenous peoples, writes Gar Pardy, while thornier terms like sovereignty lurk in the background. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
OTTAWA—The value-laden words of truth, apology, reconciliation, compensation, and nation are all being used repeatedly in the national exchanges involving Indigenous peoples.
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'We have to move beyond public platitudes and eloquent statements; we need a reality whereby Indigenous law and institutions are placed on the same level as common law,' says Grand Chief Stewart Phillip.