National Indigenous Peoples Day: Lack of action on issues frustrates Canada's Indigenous peoples

Events like this one in Montreal celebrated National Indigenous People's Day, a day first declared 27 years ago. It's a day of reminder of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's calls to action. Those calls to action were outlined almost a decade ago now, but progress is so slow, and Indigenous research centers stop tracking it. You can look at things like structural barriers, systemic racism. I mean, those are two of the sort of main themes that we crew. A multi billion dollar settlement reached last year for harm to Indigenous youth and their families in the child welfare system was the end of a legal battle against Ottawa that started in 2007. You can't find a family, an Indigenous family in this country that wasn't at least indirectly and mostly directly impacted by all of those systems. We just took another significant step on the path of reconciliation in Wagoma First Nation in Cape Breton, the Prime Minister announced an agreement over reserve land sold back in 1862. He did not address his June 17th letter sent to the AFN national chief saying Ottawa is committed to delivering a public apology for the hurt caused by the child welfare system. The letter didn't give a date. When I speak to those survivors, their number one ask is that it doesn't happen to anybody else. Cindy Blackstock is leading a fight at the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal, accusing Ottawa of failing to process claims meant to ensure First Nations children receive timely healthcare and social supports. More hearings on that are scheduled for August. The child welfare system is linked with, you know, residential schools in the past, linked with other ongoing issues in the justice system. And so the hundreds marching in Saskatoon to remember the lives lost to the residential school system is a reminder on this day of the trauma of generations and government's slow pace towards reconciliation. Heidi Petrarchic, Global News, Halifax.

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