Self government

Is self-government the answer to the Canada-Indigenous relationship?

From the lack of clean water in some Indigenous communities to the lingering anger over residential schools, Canada’s relationship with its Indigenous citizens needs to be repaired. Symbols like lowering the Canadian flag or declaring a national holiday may score political points, but they do not address any of the main concerns of Indigenous Canadians. One proposed solution is to take Ottawa out of the equation and let Indigenous communities govern themselves. Another is to open the doors to economic development – ​​both resource and otherwise.

In this edition of The Andrew Lawton Show, we discuss the economic and political climate surrounding First Nations in Canada. Joining the discussion are public policy expert Melissa Mbarki, an Indigenous veteran of the oil and gas industry, and researcher Heather Exner-Pirot, both of the Macdonald-Laurier Institute.


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Teresa R. Cabrera

The author Teresa R. Cabrera