The Liberal government’s key 2015 election commitments included renewing the nation-to-nation relationship with Indigenous Peoples, and committing to the 94 calls to action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. There were vows to transition away from the Indian Act, through a new approach to recognizing the inherent rights of First Nations. But as the next election approaches, how much meaningful change has actually occurred in this critically important policy area? Has there been movement forward in fundamental areas such as restoring Indigenous land and implementing the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples? What is the state of Indigenous-Crown relations? Experts weighed in on these questions during a panel discussion in Ottawa.
This event is part of a series of in-depth conversations on key policy issues that could — or should — form part of the debate in the federal election campaign in 2019, hosted by Policy Options, in partnership with the Max Bell School of Public Policy.