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Policy Briefing: Indigenous Relations Policy Briefing
Chief commissioner Murray Sinclair, left, and commissioners Marie Wilson and Willie Littlechild, pictured on June 2, 2015, in Ottawa, at the release of the TRC's summary report. Among other things, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Call to Action 92 asks corporations to provide Indigenous peoples with equitable access to jobs, training and education, and to ensure Indigenous communities acquire sustainable, long-term benefits from economic development projects, write Stefan Fournier and Candice Shaw. The Hill Times file photograph

The potential for economic reconciliation through meaningful Indigenous-industry relationships

With its 94 calls to action, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s (TRC) final report provides a clear and robust framework for improved relations with Indigenous groups.
A strengthened Coast Guard presence, the eventual settling of our UNCLOS claims and recognition of shared sovereignty and Inuit righths in the Arctic will help reinforce a cooperative approach to problem solving.
Educational attainment is correlated with higher earnings and employment rates in Indigenous communities, as well as better health, according to studies.
Too often the lack of respectful response to concerns raised by Indigenous communities belies the importance this government says it places on its relationship with us.
Feature|Beatrice Paez
In a sit-down interview, Indigenous Services Minister Seamus O’Regan, pictured last week on the Hill, discussed the Liberal government’s reconciliation agenda, the TMX pipeline debate, and efforts to increase Indigenous businesses’ share of procurement dollars.
The First Nations agenda is about creating stronger, more prosperous First Nations and, thereby, a stronger, more prosperous country.
The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People is clear that Indigenous peoples have the right to determine their own membership. The government must cease legislating Indigeneity. 
Opinion|Suzanne Brant
Women earn less than their male counterparts, earning about 75 cents to a man’s dollar. But what receives less attention is the even more significant and worrisome income gap between Indigenous peoples and non-Indigenous Canadians.
Governments are not absolved of their legal fiduciary duties to Indigenous people whenever industry approaches First Nations.

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