Trudeau to sit down with Indigenous leaders, premiers at December meeting

Meeting involves AFN, Métis National Council, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami.

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will sit down with Indigenous leaders, territorial leaders and premiers on Dec. 9 in Ottawa.

According to a release from the Prime Minister’s Office, the meeting will centre around climate change and clean energy, including discussions on a low-carbon economy that creates “good paying, long-term jobs for the middle class and those working hard to join it.”

Ahead of the First Minister’s Meeting (FMM), Trudeau will meet with Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami President Natan Obed and Métis National Council President Clément Chartier.

The release states that premiers are invited to take part in the meeting with Indigenous leaders, but Indigenous leaders are not taking part in the meeting between the prime minister and the premiers.

The meeting “will serve as an opportunity to discuss the framework and Indigenous perspectives in advance of the FMM. The discussion will inform further partnerships with Indigenous peoples as part of ongoing collaboration to protect Canada’s land, air, and water for future generations and to build our clean growth economy,” said the release.

“Indigenous voices and perspectives are of the utmost importance as our country works together to give our kids and grandkids a better, healthier, more prosperous, and more inclusive tomorrow. I look forward to working with Indigenous leaders to make real progress on the important issues affecting their communities and Canada.”

The meeting comes at the end of the Assembly of First Nations special chiefs assembly in Gatineau, Que.

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