Jaime Battiste named parliamentary secretary for Crown-Indigenous relations

Ontario MP Vance Badawey tapped for parliamentary secretary for Indigenous services


Eskasoni First Nation resident Jaime Battiste, seen here in the House of Commons, was first elected in 2019. Photo: APTN file

Mi’kmaw Liberal MP Jaime Battiste has been named to the position of parliamentary secretary for the minister of Crown-Indigenous relations.

Battiste, who is the member of Parliament for the riding of Sydney—Victoria in Nova Scotia, was named to the position Friday along with three dozen other members who will be serving various ministries.

The two-time MP will serve under Marc Miller who holds the ministerial position.

Crown-Indigenous Relations is responsible for “nation to nation, Inuit-Crown, government-to-government relationships between Canada and First Nations, Inuit and Métis.”

The job of parliamentary secretary involves helping the minister either in the House of Commons or with official duties.

Also named to a parliamentary secretary role is Labrador MP Yvonne Jones who will pull double duties with Northern Affairs under Minister Dan Vandal and Natural Resources under Jonathan Wilkinson.

Vance Badawey becomes the parliamentary secretary for Indigenous services under new minister Patty Hajdu.

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