The politician and activist is the former Chief of the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations and Saskatchewan Regional Chief for the AFN. He was at the Broadbent Institute’s Progress Summit on a panel looking at “Canada’s relationship with Indigenous People: Can the Damage be Repaired?”
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He spoke to Maclean’s about where he sees opportunity to gain ground before the fall election, his discussions with all of the federal and provincial leaders during the past three months, and the shame around the disparity of wealth in the country and how to close the gap.
“If people in Canada can’t get their heads around treaty rights or inherent rights or Aboriginal rights, then just get your head around the business case,” he told us. “There’s a high social cost of that exists. So let’s put our minds and heads and hearts together to develop strategies and policies and legislation to help close the gap.”