National Newswatch

Trudeau’s offer of Indigenous Services to Wilson-Raybould like ‘asking Nelson Mandela to administer apartheid’

Mar 6 2019 — Jorge Barrera — The prime minister’s attempt to move Jody Wilson-Raybould to the Indigenous Services portfolio was a ‘deeply humiliating’ proposal and shows a lack of understanding and disconnect from First Nations’ world view, say Indigenous leaders and analysts. Gerald Butts, the prime minister’s former principal secretary, testified before the House of Commons justice committee Wednesday that the […]

Wilson-Raybould battled Bennett, other ministers over Indigenous rights framework

Feb 22 2019 — Jorge Barrera — The federal government’s top bureaucrat revealed Thursday that Jody Wilson-Raybould, the former Justice minister, was locked in a fierce battle with Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett and other ministers over the direction of a promised piece of legislation central to the government’s reconciliation agenda. Clerk of the Privy Council Michael Wernick said a Sept. 17, […]

Cabinet shuffle shows reconciliation dropping in priority for Trudeau, say Indigenous advocates

Jan 15 2019 — Jorge Barrera — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s decision to break up the “dream team” that was leading the work of mending Canada’s relationship with Indigenous Peoples is triggering concerns Ottawa is pulling back on its reconciliation agenda. Trudeau announced Monday he was moving cabinet minister Jody Wilson-Raybould from the Justice Department to Veterans Affairs, and Jane Philpott from […]

Promised Indigenous rights recognition legislation won’t be in place before next election

Nov 14 2018 — Jorge Barrera — One of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s key promises on Indigenous rights — delivered on Valentine’s Day — won’t come to pass before the next federal election, CBC News has learned. The federal Liberal government won’t be tabling legislation to create its promised Federal Recognition and Implementation of Indigenous Rights Framework this fall as previously planned. […]

Conservative senator accuses Indigenous senators of ‘capitulation’ on pot bill

Jun 6 2018 — Jorge Barrera — A Conservative senator accused Indigenous senators of “capitulation” on the federal pot bill Wednesday when they shelved plans to table amendments after receiving promises from two federal cabinet ministers for more consultation and a pledge to report back on the progress. Indigenous Services Minister Jane Philpott and Health Minister Ginette Petitpas sent a letter to […]

Assembly of First Nations wants provinces, territories to butt out of First Nations marijuana sales

May 2 2018 — Jorge Barrera — First Nations chiefs on Wednesday called on the federal government to amend its marijuana legalization legislation to prevent provincial regulations from applying on-reserve. Chiefs passed a resolution at a Special Chiefs Assembly in Gatineau, Que., directing the Assembly of First Nations to lobby the federal government to make the amendment to Bill C-45, which is […]

Federal Indigenous mental wellness director’s liquor bottle crotch pose photo offends staffers

Jan 12 2018 — Jorge Barrera — A photograph of a senior federal official posing in a costume, holding a liquor bottle to his crotch, has raised concerns among some civil servants, given the official’s portfolio deals with Indigenous mental wellness, youth suicide, missing and murdered Indigenous women and addictions. The photograph of Jamie Bryan, the director of mental wellness in the […]

Canada proposes ‘groundbreaking’ NAFTA chapter on Indigenous rights

Dec 1 2017 — Jorge Barrera — Canadian negotiators are pushing to insert a “groundbreaking” chapter on Indigenous rights into the North American Free Trade Agreement, according to a representative from the Haudenosaunee Confederacy who has been briefed on the talks. Kenneth Deer, who is the external relations representative for the confederacy, said Canadian negotiators recently tabled a draft chapter on Trade […]