CALGARY – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has been honoured by a southern Alberta First Nation, but aboriginal leaders also challenged him to deliver on his promises to Indigenous People.
Trudeau was presented with a black cowboy hat, a fringed black jacket and an honorary headdress at an elaborate ceremony on the Tsuu T’ina reserve southwest of Calgary.
The headdress presented to Trudeau symbolizes accomplishment, respect, bravery and peace-building.
Tsuu T’ina Chief Roy Whitney told Trudeau that his election brings with it high expectations that the government will work with First Nations to overcome historical obstacles to recognition.
Perry Bellegarde, national chief of the Assembly of First Nations, outlined five promises the Liberals made during last fall’s election and told Trudeau he expects him to keep them.
Trudeau reiterated that he is committed to renewing a relationship with First Nations, Inuit and Metis.