APTN InFocus with Cheryl McKenzie
Our guests, Tony Belcourt, Pam Palmater, Erica Violet Lee and Will Goodon share their view on three topics in this edition.
An anticipated report on how the federal government should honour its obligation toward Section 35 Constitutional rights of the Métis Nation will soon be in the hands of the Indigenous Affairs minister. How will the Daniels Supreme Court decision affect the exercise of these rights? The Supreme Court ruled the Daniels decision is not about Section 35 Aboriginal rights – but the larger question still looms of who Canada will recognize as Métis. It’s a question that the Supreme Court opened the door wide on for both the government and the Métis.
We’re also expecting an announcement any day now on the national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women (MMIW). Who will lead the inquiry, how will it be structured, and who else will be involved – are all questions our guests share their opinion on with host, Cheryl McKenzie.
Finally, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau promised to implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. How is that going so far?