Should the MMIWG Inquiry be granted an extension? Is Lynn Beyak a racist? Is the AFN relevant?
Pam Palmater, Niigaan Sinclair and Tim Fontaine weigh in on these issues and more as we put 2017 In Focus and look ahead to 2018.
The National Inquiry into MMIWG
A formal request for an extension was expected by the end of 2017 but that never came. It was seen as another misstep in a year that saw nearly two dozen people leave the inquiry.
There was also numerous calls for the commissioners to step down, including lead Comm. Marion Buller.
Lynn Beyak and her take on residential schools
In the spring of 2017, then little-known senator from Dryden, Ont., Lynn Beyak, said in a speech said some good came out of the residential schools and some of the religious teachers were well intentioned. Just a few weeks ago, she was turfed from the Conservative caucus by party leader Andrew Scheer for posting and refusing to remove racist letters from her Senate website.
The coming legalization of marijuana
Some First Nation communities are getting actively involved and looking to set up shop in the marijuana business.
But not everyone wants weed in their communities.