The recent Canadian Human Rights Tribunal decision states that the Canadian government discriminated against First Nations children and families through its inequitable child welfare services. Since many of those services are delivered at the provincial level, Pam Palmater, chair in Indigenous Governance at Ryerson University discusses how the ruling will impact Ontario.
In his book “From Treaty Peoples to Treaty Nation: A Road Map for All Canadians” co-author Greg Poelzer suggests that a new approach to Aboriginal self-government is needed in Canada. The best option, Poelzer states, is a Commonwealth of Aboriginal Peoples. The Agenda explores the strengths and possible weaknesses of this approach to building a new relationship between Canada and its Indigenous Peoples.
It’s been 20 years since the release of the five-volume Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples. The commission set out an agenda to help restore justice to the relationship between aboriginal and non-aboriginal people in Canada. What has happened in those two decades? One year after the Trudeau government was elected promising to renew the relationship between Canada and Indigenous Peoples, The Agenda discusses what needs to happen to fulfill these mandates.