Is Trudeau’s Cabnet Shuffle Really The Best Option For Canada’s Indigenous People?

Health Minister Jane Philpott will move to the Department of Aboriginal Affairs, which she will share with current incumbent Carolyn Bennett. The first will be the Minister of Aboriginal Services and the second will be Minister of Crown and Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Affairs.

Minister Philpott will address the well-being of Aboriginal people, including health and clean water, while Ms. Bennett will be responsible for treaty rights.

The former Department of Aboriginal Affairs has not been thought of to foster partnerships with First Nations, the government said, and the government intends to change the relationship.

The objective that our government has set itself can not be achieved within the framework of the present colonial structures.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

Justin Trudeau insists that this restructuring is not an admission of failure, but rather the culmination of a job well done. The structure surrounding aboriginal affairs and public servants working to advance the cause of reconciliation no longer has the capacity to guide a true partnership with First Nations, according to the Prime Minister.

In the longer term, the government wants to establish a consultation process with Aboriginal peoples to recognize their rights and have a framework that will ensure that they are respected, regardless of the government in power. This responsibility will rest with the new Minister of Crown-Aboriginal Relations and Northern Affairs.

As for Jane Philpott’s ministry, he will ensure that adequate services are provided more by the aboriginal people themselves, not by the government.

Carolyn Bennett will, however, remain responsible for the National Survey of Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women and Girls (ENFFADA), which has been criticized so far. Several voices have risen to denounce the lack of progress of the works.

The Commission of Inquiry on Missing Women also faced a wave of resignations that added to the problems of slowness. In total, seven people have left the boat since the beginning of the year.

In the wake of the latest start, community relations director Waneek Horn-Miller , dozens of family members, activists and academics had written an open letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau asking him to This survey starts on new foundations.

Self-Determination of Indigenous Peoples

“Part of what we are doing today is recognizing that there are two different approaches. Between the Crown and the aboriginal people, there will always be responsibilities to have someone hired on it until the end of time in Canada, “said Justin Trudeau.

However he hopes to move towards a certain self-government of the indigenous peoples.

“[…] At the service level, it is hoped that in a few decades we will have a situation where services to aboriginal peoples will be delivered by aboriginal communities, by aboriginal governments themselves. It is to facilitate this transition that we made that decision today, “the Prime Minister continued.

More than half of Aboriginal communities are still without drinking water. By the beginning of the year, more than 70 First Nations have been boiling their drinking water for more than a year. The Trudeau government promised to lift all these long-term notices within five years.

Prime Minister Trudeau reiterated his government’s commitment to eliminate boil water advisories across Aboriginal communities within five years, such as “we promised when we were elected” .

Other portfolios

Ginette Petitpas Taylor, former Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance, becomes Minister of Health, replacing Jane Philpott.

Seamus O’Regan, Member of Parliament for Mount-Saint-Jean-Mount-Pearl, is appointed Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defense.

The 46-year-old will be the Newfoundland and Labrador representative on Justin Trudeau’s cabinet.

The current Minister of Veterans Affairs, Kent Hehr, inherits the portfolio of Minister of Sports and Persons with Disabilities, who was detained by former Paralympic Champion Carla Qualtrough. The latter is replacing Judy Foote with the Ministry of Public Services and Supply, still struggling with the chaos of the Phoenix pay system , which multiplies errors in the salaries of federal public servants.

In the spring, Ms. Foote took a temporary leave of absence, citing personal and family reasons. The Minister of Natural Resources, Jim Carr, was given responsibility.

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Benjamin Diaz started working for Debate Report in 2017. Ben grew up in a small town in northern Ontario. He studied chemistry in college, graduated, and married his wife a year later. Benhas been a proud Torontonian for the past 10 years. He covers politics and the economy. Previously he wrote for CTV News and the Huffington Post Canada.

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