Four years after the Daniels decision, we are still the forgotten people. The federal government made that clear with its one-sided pandemic aid.
Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller is pictured in the West Block on Feb. 27. The federal government has allocated the majority of its Indigenous Community Support Fund to the ‘Big Three’ organizations, writes Robert Bertrand. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
April marked four years since the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that Ottawa must take responsibility for Indigenous people living off reserve.
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'I think the issue with racialized people not returning to work is more about whether or not they’re going to be hired,' says Arjumand Siddiqi, who holds the Canada Research chair in population health equity.
'If the 10 MPs are articulating the position for Nova Scotia, I would like to think the government would consider that as a strong indicator of what's happening on the ground,' says Liberal MP Darrell Samson says.
House leaders continue to hold talks over the summer, but whether an agreement can be struck to get Conservatives on side with a recent call to allow remote voting in ‘exceptional circumstances’ remains to be seen.
Though late and largely unconvincing, the PM's testimony helps ensure the government’s points, rather than mere speculation, are litigated in the public square instead, says Garry Keller of StrategyCorp.