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Restoring trust to help in race-based data collection could be ‘impossible’—unless communities control the data, say Indigenous experts

By Palak Mangat      

'[This is about] Indigenous self-determination. It’s something that we should control. We control the data, the story, and we can keep this information confidential, if we wish,' says Judith Sayers, president of the Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council in Port Alberni, B.C.

RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki, pictured on April 20, 2020, says her force will 'work with' the Privacy Commissioner to collect race-based data. Details are sparse, and the Privacy Commissioner says he has yet to hear from the RCMP on that subject. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

Canada’s national police force and government will have to fight an uphill battle to restore trust with Black and Indigenous communities as they begin trying to collect race-based data, some experts say, and one Indigenous leader says a separate, Indigenous data collection agency should be established as part of the effort.

Palak Mangat

Palak Mangat is an online reporter with The Hill Times.
- pmangat@hilltimes.com


Liberals move to cut short debate on UNDRIP bill after one day

The government’s time allocation motion will cut off debate on Bill C-15 after just a few speeches.

Federal support for Canada’s oil patch surged during pandemic, says new report

News|By Beatrice Paez
What is and isn’t considered a subsidy is politically charged. The government and industry are both likely to dispute or take issue with the inclusion of some, or many, of the programs to the group's tally. 

Feds target 90,000 temporary workers, international students for permanent residency this year

News|By Palak Mangat
While gaining a change in immigration status can be ‘transformational,’ the new policy does not go far enough as it excludes those not proficient in English or French, says one expert.

Feds say too early to talk opening Canada-U.S. border, but experts push for plan

News|By Neil Moss
There are a 'whole series of very complicated questions that nobody is talking about,' says border expert Edward Alden on the lack of planning for an eventual border reopening.

Has the Hill changed for women in the workplace post-#MeToo?

News|By Alice Chen
New prescribed policies, procedures forced people to think about how they were acting, creating a 'profound' change in terms of staff understanding how they need to relate in the workplace, says the PMO's Marci Surkes.

Syrian security situation used as guise for not having political will to repatriate detained Canadians, say experts

News|By Neil Moss
'I think [the Canadian government] needs to demonstrate a stronger case that there is a real security problem and it has never been able to do so,' says former diplomat Daniel Livermore.

New Senator working group to explore diversity, inclusion training in Red Chamber

Ontario ISG Senator Rosemary Moodie says the new group shows the ‘significant investment’ the Senate is putting into pursuing ‘meaningful improvement.’

Lone wolf MPs break down what it’s like to be a region’s solitary party voice

News|By Alice Chen
'It’s like you walk around and you have a target on your back … there is something a bit, not sadistic, but satisfying in getting rid of the last MP standing,' says McGill Prof. Daniel Béland.

Senate eyes filling The Chambers as renovation plans progress

More interim office space will be needed to house Senators who are set to be displaced by future renovation projects in the Parliamentary Precinct.
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