Justin Trudeau seeks new relationship with First Nations

In a speech to First Nations leaders, Prime Minister vows to study the issue of missing and murdered aboriginal women


OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stressed the need for a new, nation-to-nation relationship with Aboriginal Peoples as he spoke to First Nations leaders on Tuesday.

“I promise you that I will be your partner in the years to come, and hope that you will be mine,” he said. “We have much work to do together.”

Trudeau said a new relationship needs to be established, based on recognition of rights, respect, co-operation and partnership.

“I know that renewing our relationship is an ambitious goal, but I am equally certain that it is one we can, and will, achieve if we work together,” Trudeau said.

The prime minister has vowed to move on implementing recommendations from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, including the pledge to look into the question of missing and murdered aboriginal women.

This afternoon, three members of Trudeau’s cabinet _ Status of Women Minister Patty Hajdu, Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett and Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould _ are scheduled to provide more information on the missing and murdered women inquiry.

“We have made this inquiry a priority for our government because those touched by this national tragedy have waited long enough,” Trudeau said. “The victims deserve justice, their families _ an opportunity to heal and to be heard.”

In his address, Trudeau also said the Liberal government understands constitutionally guaranteed rights of First Nations are not an inconvenience but rather “a sacred obligation.”

Trudeau has promised to ensure aboriginal children have access to education and that he will lift the two per cent cap on reserve program funding.

“As you know, that limit has been in place for nearly 20 years,” he said. “It hasn’t kept up with the demographic realities of your communities, nor the actual costs of program delivery.”



Justin Trudeau seeks new relationship with First Nations

  1. There are not first nations “NATIONS”….

    they are reserves, and most of them receive the majority of funding from Canadian taxpayers. At the very most, some of them are well run cities….but they are not nations.

    • Reserves are pieces of crown land.

      FIRST NATIONS are Cree, Haida, Tlingat, Iroquois etc.

      • Not the way it is set up Emily……

        Every reserve in Canada thinks of itself as a “NATION” because that is the line they have been fed.

        both the majority of NATIONS you describe, AND the reserves, of which I speak, gave up all claim to their land, and the resources therin. I think it is only a small ground of aboriginals in BC who haven’t made treaties with the crown.

        for example, Thersa SPENCE wanted to talk to the PM on a nation to nation basis. this was patently absurd, and every thinking person knew she was just showboating to distract from the reality that she was stealing from her people and abusing her postion.

        • Your post is complete bullshit.

          You could’ve looked it up on line.

          You are being willfully ignorant.

          • Simply saying it is bullshit because you disagree with what I wrote, is hardly a compelling defence. As for looking things up on line…you should take your own advice.


            Pay particular attention to this paragraph:

            “the Blackfeet, Blood, Piegan, Sarcee, Stony and other Indians inhabiting the district hereinafter more fully described and defined, do hereby cede, release, surrender, and yield up to the Government of Canada for Her Majesty the Queen and her successors for ever, all their rights, titles, and privileges whatsoever to the lands included within the following limits”

            In fact, EmilyOne….Treaties 4, 8, 6, and 3 can be easily found by simply typing “Treaty Wording” into google.

            There are no FIRST NATIONS…which are actually nations in their own right. There are no sovereign territories that are beyond the reach of the Crown; though there is a lot more freedom and benefits to reserve rights, but there are indeed no independent nations.

            I’m afraid Emily, that it is YOU who are ignorant, but to be fair, I don’t really think you are doing it on purpose.

            good luck with that.

  2. It would be useful if the government included a cost estimate with each policy change that results in a change in spending. E.g., what is the estimated increased spending for lifting the two per cent cap on reserve program funding?

    • Trudeau’s plan to reconcile with Canada’s First nations.

      First nations Chiefs: Give us more.

      Trudeau: How much?

      First nations Chiefs: All of it.

      Trudeau: Is that ok Gerald?

      Gerald: Just give them half.

      Trudeau: Ok, here’s half.

      First nations Chief: Not enough…..we’re voting NDP next time.

  3. Trudeau has said he will implement all 94 recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Has he even read them, one is to have the Pope apologize for residential schools. He is promising something he has no power over. Show how much knowledge he has.

    • Well, to be fair, you need to realize that for Justin Trudeau, the goal is NOT to make Canada a better place. the goal is to make Justin trudeau look like a great guy. He was an actor remember. pretty sure he likes being the centre of attention. He is here for the adulation (thanks Canadian Media)…….not policy.

      Folks were warned. There is NO AMOUNT OF MONEY Trudeau won’t spend to make himself look good.

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