On Monday Prime Minister Trudeau said “colonial structures have contributed to the unacceptable socio-economic gap” of Indigenous people, and that the Department known as Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada would be split into two new departments. Some leaders in the North are happy with the changes coming from Ottawa.
“It will be good to advance our negotiations cause they’ve been concentrating on crown and consultation instead of everything else the Minister is responsible for and our administration will deal with program services,” Dettah Chief Edward Sangris told CKLB on Thursday.
He’s hopeful it will speed up the Akaitcho Process.
“We congratulate the Prime Minister for following the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples recommendations of 1996, we now have to jointly discuss how this will give comfort to our people in the north,” said Dene National Chief Bill Erasmus.
Former Health Minister Jane Phillpott will now head up Indigenous Services, which focuses on Programs and Services, While Dr. Carolyn Bennett becomes the Minister of Crown Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs.