No more inquiries are needed to redress the monstrous injustices against Indigenous peoples that have been laid out for all to see. Extending justice to Canada’s Indigenous people doesn’t require a manager. It cries out for a leader. Despite all the ballyhoo, that person has yet to emerge.
Though Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, pictured June 3, 2019, at the release of the final report on Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls, has rhetorically bested the Conservatives on the Indigenous file, his actions have belied his claim that there is 'no relationship more important' to Canada than this one, writes Michael Harris. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
HALIFAX—When it comes to the federal government, the lesson for Indigenous peoples in Canada is surely this: the more heated the rhetoric, the more splendid the ceremony, the emptier the words.
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