‘Fractured’ Indigenous issues segment of debate brings few surprises

APTN News (Canada)
Pub Date: 
Tuesday, October 8, 2019 - 10:37

Kathleen Martens
In an Indigenous segment she called “fractured” Elizabeth May of the Green Party led all leaders at the Canadian Museum of History in Gatineau, Que., by acknowledging the Monday night debate was taking place on the traditional territory of the Algonquin Nation.

Then it would be more than an hour before the segment on Indigenous issues was introduced – chosen from more than 8,000 questions submitted by the public.

But the issues facing Indigenous peoples across the country failed to take hold as the debate switched from First Nation, Metis and Inuit issues to the federal government’s relationship with the provinces.

It’s not like the issues weren’t raised.

Natasha Beedie, from Beausoleil First Nation, asked the leaders if they would implement the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s calls to action, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and the calls for justice from the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.

Other than the Greens, Liberals and NDP saying they would implement UNDRIP, and the Conservatives and People’s Party of Canada saying they wouldn’t, the answers were vague due to a format that didn’t allow time for in-depth, thoughtful responses.

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