Speaking to the House of Commons on Tuesday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau laid out a new vision for the federal government’s relations with Canada’s Indigenous peoples.
“We need a government-wide shift in how we do things,” Trudeau said.“We need to both recognize and implement Indigenous rights, because the truth is . . . until we get this part right, we won’t have lasting success on the concrete outcomes that we know mean so much to people.
At the heart of his pledge is a vow to create a “recognition and implementation of (an) Indigenous rights framework” that will include new ways to recognize and implement such rights.
While Trudeau hd been planning this initiative for some time, it comes just five days after the controversial acquittal of Saskatchewan farmer Gerald Stanley in the death of 22-year-old Colten Boushie. The indigenous man was shot by Stanley on his farmyard in the summer of 2016
In the wake of that decision, questions have been raised about the fairness of the justice system to Indigenous peoples.
It is believed the federal Liberals will be proposing Criminal Code changes next month to reform jury-selection rules, bail processes and other justice measures.