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Imagine a different future for Indigenous Canada

By Rose LeMay      

What would be fundamental change? Implement UNDRIP in full partnership with Inuit, Métis, and First Nations.

Canada's new federal Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller, pictured with his wife and daughter on Nov. 20, 2019, shortly before being sworn into cabinet in Ottawa at Rideau Hall. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

OTTAWA—I was going to write about the new federal cabinet. Then I heard Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller spout the same doublespeak as his predecessor on why the federal government believes it knows better on how to treat Indigenous kids than the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal. Then I heard about NDP MP Charlie Angus’ motion to stop the government on fighting the ruling, which was so easily shrugged off. I have to believe that the man Marc Miller would not stand in the way of Indigenous kids’ rights and futures. But somebody in Ottawa clearly believes they know better, and whipped ministers into line. It seems apparent that ministers have no self-determination now. They might as well be First Nations chiefs under the Indian Act.

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