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Moving Slow While Urgent Change is Needed: Why Governments Struggle to Effect True Reconciliation

Politicians increasingly affirm that addressing Canada's legacy of colonialism, and achieving racial justice for Indigenous peoples, requires transformative social, economic, and cultural change. Every day we see evidence of the need for bold action whether it be the lack of access to clean drinking water, the disproportionate presence of Indigenous people within the criminal justice system, reduced educational and economic opportunities, and many other realities. But despite political rhetoric that promises change, and some incremental progress, the fact remains that this transformative change is yet to happen. Why has this urgently needed change been so slow in coming? What should governments, Indigenous peoples, and the public be doing today to drive forward the real change that is needed? What role can the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples play in this work? The Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould, P.C., Q.C., M.P. (Puglaas)––Canada's first Indigenous Minister of Justice and Attorney General, and Canada's first elected female Independent Member of Parliament––will answer these questions, and others, while sharing insights from her unique experience as an Indigenous and Canadian politician and leader.

May 18, 2021 05:30 PM in Vancouver

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