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Nation To Nation
Nation to Nation takes a weekly look at the politics affecting Aboriginal people in Canada. Join host Todd Lamirande as he connects you to the decision makers in Ottawa and across the country.
May 28, 2020
A wide-ranging interview with Marc Miller on making policy in crisis and what’s to come
Ottawa can spend billions in a pandemic, so when will it pay First Nations children what they’re owed for being in care? Minister Marc Miller says that will still take several months. Hear the full interview the on the season finale of Nation to Nation.
May 21, 2020
MP Mumilaaq Qaqqaq hopes pandemic has changed what public views as essential
NDP MP Mumilaaq Qaqqaq says the novel coronavirus pandemic has proven to everyone that jobs typically viewed as less essential than others before the pandemic are deserving of a living wage. She said the pandemic has also put a spotlight on other gaps. In this episode of Nation to Nation, we also spoke to Cindy Blackstock and where she gets some of her inspiration to fight for First Nations children.
May 14, 2020
Even during the pandemic, Canada is fighting these residential school survivors in court
Are there more cases of coronavirus on-reserve than Canada says? A new report from Yellowhead Institute says yes. Canada responds to that report on this episode of Nation to Nation.
May 7, 2020
‘Dumping ground’: Young people forced to live in seniors’ homes says lawyer
There were 118 people under the age of 30 in long-term care homes across Ontario as of December 31. Forty-two of them were between the ages of 18-20. In comparison, there were more than 74,000 above 60 years old. So how did these homes, geared for geriatric care, also become a place for young adults? That and more in this episode of Nation to Nation.
Apr 30, 2020
First Nations several weeks away from likely knowing when things may return to normal
‘Namgis First Nation recently lost a member to COVID-19. The community is on Alert Bay island in British Columbia that has 26 confirmed cases. A Cree doctor explains how things have gone. That and more on this episode of Nation to Nation.
Apr 23, 2020
Police shootings, child welfare cuts and waiting for COVID-19 test kits
Three Indigenous people were killed by Winnipeg police in 10 days. It’s sparked calls for an Indigenous police oversight board. Grand Chief Jerry Daniels explains how it could work. That and more on this episode of Nation to Nation.
Apr 16, 2020
Prison watchdog investigating complaint of guards not wearing masks at Sask Pen
This prisoner advocate says she keeps hearing from inmates across the country about COVID-19. In particular, Saskatchewan Penitentiary. Sherri Maier forwarded the complaints to Canada’s prison watchdog. That’s on this episode of Nation to Nation.
Apr 9, 2020
‘Doing everything possible’: Indigenous Services defends response to pandemic in communities
Three perspectives on COVID-19. Dr. Tom Wong says Indigenous services is doing what it can. In the united states Patty Talahongva is dismayed at its spread. And NDP MP Leah Gazan is staying in touch online.
Apr 2, 2020
Philpott says NAN communities prepared but will be tested as virus confirmed in Sioux Lookout
Dr. Jane Philpott has returned to the hospital where she worked for 17 years before getting into politics helping out during the COVID-19 pandemic. Philpott is also assisting First Nations in northern Ontario as part of a “task team” organized by Nishnawbe Aski Nation in response to the pandemic. She said many communities were quick to restrict access and curtail large gatherings. But the virus is getting close.
Mar 26, 2020
‘Can’t take any risks’: Kahnawake trying to find COVID-19 source that infected 5 people
With leaders preaching across the country for Indigenous people to take the COVID-19 pandemic serious, one nation in Quebec has five confirmed cases but can’t pinpoint the source. That means Kahnawake’s numbers could go up said Lloyd Phillips, commissioner of public safety for the Mohawk Council of Kahnawake. Perry Bellegarde, national chief of the Assembly of First Nations, said people can’t take any risks and need to treat this virus seriously.
Mar 19, 2020
‘Race against the clock’ to protect vulnerable First Nations from COVID-19
COVID-19 is known to be more harmful to the elderly and people that are immunocompromised and have chronic illnesses, which is more prevalent on-reserve. “It’s a race against the clock,” said NDP MP Charlie Angus of protecting vulnerable First Nations, particularly in his riding of Timmins-James Bay that includes Attawapiskat. The Trudeau government announced billions in emergency funding Wednesday to help fight the COVID-19 pandemic, including $305 million for Indigenous communities.
Mar 12, 2020
A closer look at the division within Metis Nation
There is a growing rift between the provincial organizations that make up the Metis National Council (MNC). At issue is the suspension of the Metis Nation of Ontario (MNO) from the MNC over its recognition of six historical communities. Manitoba Metis Federation President David Chartrand, and also MNC vice-president, says the communities do not belong under the Metis umbrella. But the president MNO, Margaret Froh, disagrees.
Mar 5, 2020
‘Still stuck’: Canada knows path to reconciliation but not how to walk it
Alex Neve says 20 years ago missing and murdered Indigenous women wasn’t on the radar of politicians. Negotiations over the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People (UNDRIP) was still in deadlock. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission was a few years away. Now as Neve plans to step-down in June as the secretary-general of Amnesty International Canada he’s seen all these things happen. But something is still missing.
Feb 27, 2020
No compensation for parents of First Nations children that died in care, Justice lawyer tells tribunal
Canada doesn’t believe the parents of First Nations children that died in the on-reserve child welfare system should be compensated through Canadian Human Rights Tribunal. That’s what a lawyer for the Justice department filed at the tribunal last Friday as all parties submitted their proposals on how these children should be compensated for being taken from their home and put in a purposely underfunded program. That and more on this episode of Nation to Nation.
Feb 20, 2020
Justin Trudeau has to meet with Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs: MP Leah Gazan
The RCMP has made a conditional offer to leave the Wet’suwet’en traditional territory as long as the road through it is kept clear, presumably for workers to continue building a pipeline. Public Safety Minister Bill Blair made the announcement Thursday mornings saying RCMP will set up in a town close by and then called for all the rail blockades and protests to end. But leaving the territory was just one of the demands by hereditary chiefs. That and more on this episode of APTN Nation to Nation.
Feb 13, 2020
Echoes of Idle No More: Demonstrations halt parts of Canada in support of Wet’suwet’en
It seems everywhere you turn today there is a demonstration in the streets or at railways and even in government office buildings. If that sounds familiar that’s because it is. Just seven years ago Idle No More did much of the same in response. Today, the disrespect shown to traditional Wet’suwet’en law by the approval of a natural gas pipeline through its territory and the RCMP used as enforcers to remove people standing in its way has triggered a similar reaction to Idle No More.
Feb 6, 2020
Jody Wilson-Raybould has ‘unfinished’ business with Indigenous rights framework
The Trudeau government could have created a recognition of Indigenous rights framework in its previous term says its former justice minister. She also believes she could have written it. That space is what’s needed to allow Indigenous nations, said Wilson-Raybould, to have the ability to rebuild and to reconcile their traditional systems in to the modern world, which will happen at their own pace.
Jan 30, 2020
How many First Nations kids are in care? Canada is trying to figure that out now
No one can say today exactly how many First Nations children are in the on-reserve child welfare system across Canada. In fact, no one has ever been able to say. It’s never been tracked properly by the federal government, which it now says it’s looking to do. That and more in this episode of APTN Nation to Nation.
Jan 24, 2020
‘Child welfare to prison pipeline’ feeding rising Indigenous incarceration rates
On this episode of Nation to Nation: We recently heard that Indigenous inmates now make up 30 per cent of everyone in federal prisons, but what about provincial jails. Ontario's Human Rights Commissioner says the conditions there are dehumanizing. As well, the co-host of Ottawa’s Inuktitut-language radio station is in studio. In addition, more from Manitoba Metis Federation President David Chartrand on the crisis in the metis national council.
Jan 16, 2020
Traditional vs. Indian Act: Perry Bellegarde explains where he sits on Wet’suwet’en
On this episode of Nation to Nation: The Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs don’t just oppose a pipeline through their traditional territory because of the environment and climate change. Even if it looks that way to some. At the root of it they’re challenging the system that allowed for the approval of Coastal GasLink’s 670-kilometre pipeline in the first place by pitting traditional ways, or laws, against the Indian Act and the chiefs and councils that are borne from the federal legislation.
Jan 9, 2020
Stopping the Ripple: First Nations man ends vicious cycle of residential schools
On this episode of Nation to Nation: There’s a story Randy Kakegamick tells about the neglect he faced as a child. It was late one night and his mom was out so he took off wandering the streets of Ottawa. A drunk man chased him into an alley and attacked him thinking his bag of white cookies was cocaine. He was eight-years-old. The Ojibway-Cree man never stopped running until about three years ago. He was in jail, a familiar place for most of his adult life.
Dec 19, 2019
Jody Wilson-Raybould stands on a foundation of integrity: Algonquin Elder
Much ink has spilled on social media about the fiasco involving which office Jody Wilson-Raybould should occupy in Ottawa as a Member of Parliament. Nation to Nation has a single, and final, thought on this.
Dec 12, 2019
Insider offers glimpse into new trade agreement and what it means for Indigenous people
On this episode of Nation to Nation: Canada ended up with the shield but not the sword for Indigenous peoples in the new trade agreement that was officially signed in Mexico earlier this week. That’s how Wayne Garnons-Williams described the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement. The sword was a three-part Indigenous chapter: A recognition that Indigenous peoples are original traders, a breakdown of who the inter-tribal traders are and a committee to enforce it.
Dec 5, 2019
Government ‘repeat offender’ when it comes to First Nations kids
On this episode of Nation to Nation: The new Indigenous services minister was introduced to the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) this week. And Marc Miller promised that Canada would compensate children in care in due course. But Cindy Blackstock, who continues to fight the Liberals before the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal, still doesn’t trust the government’s track record.
Nov 28, 2019
UNDRIP bill becomes law in B.C. after it fails federally
On this episode of Nation to Nation: British Columbia became the first jurisdiction in Canada to formally enshrine the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) into law. The province’s Lieutenant Governor Janet Austin gave the bill royal assent in a ceremony Thursday morning in Victoria. Indigenous leaders were ecstatic about the event.
Nov 21, 2019
Will Trudeau’s cabinet cut the upcoming minority session of Parliament?
On this episode: The Nation to Nation panel of political experts examine Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s new cabinet going into the minority session of Parliament. Alberta’s Metis Settlements General Council is in Ottawa. It represents the only Metis communities that hold land collectively but they have a way to go to get more federal recognition.
Nov 14, 2019
Cree mother continues to ‘languish’ in Saskatoon’s federal psychiatric facility
On this episode of APTN Nation to Nation: Marlene Carter is a Cree woman from the Onion Lake First Nation in Saskatchewan and she’s been incarcerated since 2009. A lot of that time has been spent in restraints – sometimes months at a time at Saskatoon’s Regional Psychiatric Centre (RPC). A lifetime before that, the mother of three boys was sexually and physically abused as a child. But, today no one appears to know what to do with her.
Nov 7, 2019
Indigenous people on frontlines of deadly fight for the Amazon and their homes
On this episode of APTN Nation To Nation: Forest defender Paulo Paulino Guajajara was shot dead several days ago by suspected illegal loggers in what has pitted Indigenous people against just about everyone trying to make a buck in the Brazilian Amazon. But Guajajara’s death shows protecting their territory can come at the highest price as he was shot in the face and his cousin wounded during an “ambush” in the Araribóia Indigenous territory of the Amazon. It’s essentially put Indigenous people on the frontlines in this deadly fight.
Oct 31, 2019
Painting captures 200-year curse of Parliament Hill involving murdered Algonquin girl
On this episode of APTN Nation To Nation: Every painting tells a story and that’s certainly true of a particular one done by Algonquin artist Janet Kaponicin. It tells the story of a curse placed nearly 200 years ago on the land of what later became Canada’s seat of government. Kaponicin tells a story that has been handed down through seven generations of women about a group of Algonquin camped near where the Rideau canal now empties into the Ottawa River.
Oct 24, 2019
NDP perfectly placed to push Indigenous rights when Trudeau doesn’t: Newly elected MP
On this episode of APTN Nation To Nation: The NDP may have finished fourth in the federal election last Monday but is perfectly placed to push for Indigenous rights when the prime minister inevitably comes looking for a deal to prop up the minority Parliament says Leah Gazan. Gazan was elected in Winnipeg Centre defeating the Liberal incumbent, Robert Falcon-Ouellette, and firmly believes the NDP are the big winners, at least for Indigenous people.
Oct 17, 2019
With the federal election days away does Trudeau deserve another 4 years?
On this episode of APTN Nation To Nation: Justin Trudeau and the Liberals had the most progressive mandate when it came to Indigenous people than any government before them. But did Trudeau accomplish enough in his four years as prime minister to deserve votes from Indigenous people when the polls open Monday? Or does he deserve to be kicked out of office?
Oct 10, 2019
Challenging human rights tribunal compensation order ‘incomprehensible’: Jane Philpott
On the season premiere of APTN Nation To Nation: We will be looking at the disgraceful state of Indigenous child welfare, especially in Ontario where 102 deaths have occurred over the past five years. Cindy Blackstock wonders why there has been little said about it during an election campaign. A Ryerson professor says chronic underfunding is allowing children to die. And we'll hear heartbreaking stories from two kids caught up in the system.
May 30, 2019
Saganash discusses his exit from politics, Jack Layton and UNDRIP bill
Romeo Saganash says he has been fighting for Indigenous people most of his life. He tabled Bill C-262 in 2016 as it would require Canada to align its laws with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, which articulates the global minimum human rights standards for Indigenous peoples. That and more on the season finale of APTN Nation To Nation.
May 23, 2019
This Mik’maw woman stood up to Trudeau; hear what she has to say now
She stood up to Justin Trudeau in his House. Now Hannah Martin discusses her next steps and the importance of traditional knowledge. That and more on this episode of APTN Nation To Nation.
May 16, 2019
Climate change suddenly a crisis on Parliament Hill as support for Green party increases
Conservatives are against the carbon tax. But have no plan of its own to fight climate change. What gives? That and more on this episode of APTN Nation To Nation.
May 2, 2019
Murray Sinclair warns of violent rebellion if Indigenous rights continue to be oppressed
Sen. Murray Sinclair sits down for wide-ranging interview. And issues a warning to society. Ignoring the treatment of Indigenous people will likely lead to a violent rebellion. That’s on this episode of Nation to Nation.
Apr 25, 2019
Child welfare agency points finger at Sioux Lookout hospital over suicide of First Nation teen
Nation to Nation has an exclusive update in the $5.9 million lawsuit filed over the death of Kanina Sue Turtle, 15, who filmed her suicide in a Sioux Lookout, Ont. foster home. A third-party claim has been filed against the Sioux Lookout Meno-Ya-Win Health Centre and what appears to be every doctor, nurse or counsellor that treated Turtle in the days leading up to her death Oct. 29, 2016. That and more on this episode of Nation to Nation.
Apr 18, 2019
Seamus O’Regan too busy making funding announcements to address flooding in Kashechewan
The sound of geese should mean spring is around the corner. But for the people of Kashechewan it means leaving their homes. Every year rising waters flood their land. What is being done about it? That and more on this episode of Nation to Nation.
Apr 11, 2019
Canadians should be outraged over stories of coerced sterilization says NDP MP
It’s completely unimaginable. You go to the hospital to give birth and leave never able to do so again. Over 100 women, mostly Indigenous, have come forward to say they were coerced, or forced, into sterilization. And mainly in Saskatchewan. That’s in this episode of Nation To Nation.
Apr 4, 2019
189 federal servants spied on Cindy Blackstock under Wernick and Justice Department
Back when the federal government was doing everything it could to get Cindy Blackstock’s human rights complaint tossed out, she was being spied on by federal servants under the former department of Indian Affairs while Stephen Harper was prime minister. The deputy minister was Michael Wernick. That and more on this episode of APTN Nation To Nation.
Mar 28, 2019
Nunavut needs 3,300 houses immediately, federal funding will pay for 83
On this episode of APTN Nation to Nation: The Premier of Nunavut, Joe Savikataaq, on what there is to celebrate and what still needs to be done as the territory turns 20. The chief of the Onion Lake Cree Nation explains why he’s not happy about Bill C-92, the proposed child welfare reform legislation.
Mar 21, 2019
The good, the bad and the maybe? A closer look at the federal budget
Tension is building on Parliament Hill. But is the Indigenous child welfare bill collateral damage? The political panel weighs in on the budget. That’s on this episode of APTN Nation to Nation.
Mar 14, 2019
Inuit concerns over language bill ignored after summer cabinet shuffle: Obed
The political panel gets fired up over resource development. More so how projects will soon be approved. That’s on this episode of Nation to Nation.
Mar 7, 2019
Indigenous child welfare reform bill ‘breaks new ground’ but will it save lives?
On this episode of Nation to Nation: Deaths of Indigenous children in child protective services make headlines every year across the country. Nearly everyone blames the way the system is set up: removing children from their home. So when the federal government tabled Bill C-92 last week it did so hoping to change laws across the country.
Feb 28, 2019
Jody Wilson-Raybould: Our political panel weighs in on her bombshell testimony
Wilson-Raybould testified Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his staff applied sustained pressure to intervene in the bribery case of SNC-Lavalin. She refused, and believes that’s why she was shuffled from justice minister and attorney general to veteran’s affairs before she finally resigned from cabinet. So we asked our political panel if they believed her?
Feb 21, 2019
Child welfare bill expected next week but First Nations won’t see it beforehand: source
The Trudeau government has told a group of First Nations working on new Indigenous child welfare legislation to expect a proposed bill to be finally tabled but they won’t see a draft beforehand according to a source. That and more on this episode of Nation To Nation.
Feb 14, 2019
Did the PMO ‘sideline’ Wilson-Raybould on failed framework negotiations? This chief believes so
On this episode of Nation to Nation: As the scandal involving the Prime Minister’s Office and former minister of Justice and Attorney General Jody Wilson-Raybould continues to grow by the day, everything that led up to it erupting last week is now getting a closer look. That includes Wilson-Raybould’s involvement in the failed Indigenous rights framework that fell apart late last year.
Feb 7, 2019
Political panel heats up over bill aiming to change how energy projects get approval
The political panel gets fired up over resource development. More so how projects will soon be approved. That’s on this episode of Nation To Nation.
Jan 31, 2019
Indigenous rights framework far from dead as Trudeau government rolls it out in pieces
The Indigenous rights framework is far from dead. The Trudeau government is quietly rolling it out in pieces. But are they succeeding? That's on this episode of Nation to Nation.
Jan 24, 2019
New on-reserve education policy good step forward but work far from over says former chief
On this episode of N2N: Everyone can agree that moving away from program-based funding for on-reserve education is a good idea. One nation could be getting money for a program while the nation next to it didn’t at all. It all came down to writing proposals. Now there’s a new approach as announced by the federal government Monday, with the Assembly of First Nations, following more than two years of negotiations.
Jan 17, 2019
Questions surround new Indigenous Services minister but he says: ‘Pedal is to the metal’
It’s “pedal to the metal” for the new Indigenous services minister. But does Seamus O’Regan have what it takes? That’s on this episode on Nation to Nation.
Jan 10, 2019
Trudeau government ignored pleas of Wet’suwet’en members fighting for rights: NDP MP
On this episode of N2N: NDP MP Nathan Cullen says the Prime Minister and his government need to be more respectful of the rights of the Wet’suwet’en. Child welfare activist Cindy Blackstock wants the federal government to apply Jordan’s Principle to a critically ill non-status child. Robinson Huron Litigation Committee chair Mike Restoule talks about a big court win for nearly two dozen Ontario First Nations.
Jan 3, 2019
Trudeau government pressed to pass Indigenous languages and child welfare bills
On this episode of Nation to Nation, the political panel of MPs debates two important pieces of legislation coming up in the New Year. A month ago Prime Minister Trudeau promised child welfare reform and an Indigenous languages act will be tabled in January. But will they get passed before the federal election campaign heats up next fall.
Dec 20, 2018
Respect First Nation sovereignty to avoid courts and gain predictability says NDP leader
On this episode of Nation To Nation, Host Todd Lamirande has a wide ranging interview with federal NDP leader Jagmeet Singh. He also talks to Liberal MP for Winnipeg Centre Robert-Falcon Ouellette. He’s trying to get something done about the crystal meth crisis in his constituency.
Dec 13, 2018
With the MMIWG inquiry nearing its end who was right: North or Buller?
It was just over a year ago when Sheila North categorically called for Marion Buller to step down as the chief commissioner of the National Inquiry into MMIWG. North didn’t do it in a press release, or in an interview with a reporter, but to Buller’s face. In this episode of Nation To Nation, Todd Lamirande sits down with Sheila North and Marion Buller.
Dec 6, 2018
‘A turning point’: New Indigenous child welfare legislation will save lives says Philpott
It's likely to be the most important work the Trudeau government does this term. New child welfare legislation for Indigenous people. Minister Jane Philpott believes it will save lives. That’s on this edition of Nation to Nation.
Nov 29, 2018
Surviving the Kamloops Indian Residential School and the struggle for a settlement
A special edition Nation To Nation from the Kamloops Indian Residential School. In this episode we focus on the forgotten Day Scholars and their struggle for a settlement. We’ll have more details about their lawsuit over abuse and loss of language and culture. Plus a heartbreaking interview with a survivor.
Nov 22, 2018
Shuttering child advocate’s office in Ontario not just devastating but ‘stupid’: Charlie Angus
Nation to Nation’s political panel teams up on Doug Ford. And it has to do with shutting down the child advocate. The NDP call it stupid. Isn’t there a better way to save money say Conservatives. Liberals say he’s conquering minorities.
Nov 15, 2018
Foster homes investigated 7 times within a year but Ontario didn’t close them until Tammy Keeash died: court documents
Northern Ontario’s child welfare system is in crisis. Tammy Keeash died while in foster care in Thunder Bay. Nation to Nation reports on the company that operated her foster home. As well, a Thunder Bay child welfare lawyer says children’s aid societies often fail to follow due process when apprehending kids.
Nov 8, 2018
Gladue principles are failing in courts; how will they work in correctional system if ‘enshrined’ in law?
On this episode of Nation To Nation: The number of Indigenous people being incarcerated in this country keeps rising. That’s a phrase heard year after year. Now Indigenous people represent 29 per cent of offenders in the correctional system, a jump of two per cent over a year ago. Female offenders have kept pace, jumping from just under 38 per cent to 40.
Nov 1, 2018
Trudeau government working to help First Nations cut off by Greyhound cancellations: Liberal MP
On this episode of Nation To Nation: Greyhound announced this past summer it was cancelling almost all of its bus routes in Western Canada. It’s a mode of transportation used by many First Nations, particularly in northern regions. Since then 87 per cent of the affected routes have been met by other operators to provide service. But has left a big hole for First Nations.
Oct 25, 2018
Liberal MP says ‘heads need to roll’ if bureaucrats don’t shape up on First Nations education
The Indigenous Affairs committee grilled civil servants this week over the gap in graduation rates on-reserve. The suggestion is that heads should roll over in Indigenous Services. We see what our panel of MPs thinks and their answers may surprise you. As well, more and more children are being caught up in foster care in the Northwest Territories. It's increasingly being described as a disaster.
Oct 18, 2018
Look to Indigenous people to fight climate change and prosper: Elizabeth May
The political panel of MPs continues a debate on climate change that began earlier this week in the House of Commons after a United Nations report came with a dire warning that we only have 12 years to cut greenhouse gas emissions in half or face irreversible effects. As well, NDP MP Georgina Jolibois talks about rural crime and not blaming Indigenous youth.
Oct 11, 2018
Cindy Gladue became the face of violence against Indigenous women inside and out of courts
On this episode of Nation To Nation: A busy day at the supreme court of Canada. It heard submissions for and against overturning an appeal to have the alleged murderer of Cindy Gladue re-tried. And it made a decision that the federal government does not have to consult on legislation affecting first nations.
Oct 4, 2018
Consulting on Trans Mountain pipeline while planning to build anyway is a ‘farce’: Saganash
In the season premiere of Nation to Nation the hot topic was once again the Trans Mountain pipeline. The Trudeau government has vowed to build the pipeline and properly consult First Nations sitting along its route from Alberta to British Columbia. NDP MP Romeo Saganash calls it all a “farce” saying Ottawa can’t say they are consulting on it and then plan to build it anyway.
Jul 26, 2018
AFN Special Edition: Bellegarde says AFN has moved on from drama at election
On a special edition of Nation to Nation: The Assembly of First Nations elected its National Chief and it’s a familiar name. But it didn't come without controversy. A Crown Minister met with Chiefs on Election Day and the optics weren't good.
May 31, 2018
Consent: How one mother beat the child welfare system and got her kid back
It’s the final episode of the season and the focus is on the crisis in child welfare. We hear from two mothers who refused to consent to having their children apprehended. And Indigenous Services Minister Jane Philpott explains how the policy of her department has changed to prevention rather than apprehension.
May 24, 2018
No government should be standing in the way of the Trans Mountain pipeline: Liberal MP
There’s only one week left for the federal government to meet its so-called promise to Kinder Morgan. And that is to guarantee that by May 31, a deadline imposed by the Texas-based oil company, that the Trans Mountain pipeline will be built. NDP leader Jagmeet Singh said this week taxpayers should not be expected to cover any losses due to delays, which the Trudeau government has promised.
May 17, 2018
Trudeau’s support of Kinder Morgan leading to a ‘flashpoint’ of Indigenous resistance
The Grand Chief of the Mohawk Council of Kanesatake is not happy with the Liberal government’s support of Kinder Morgan, calling Trudeau’s claim of a new relationship with Indigenous people a lie. Kinder Morgan and Ottawa want the Tsleil-Waututh Nation to pay their legal bills over a possible delay in the judicial review to overturn the Trans Mountain pipeline project.
May 10, 2018
Liberal ties to clam harvesting deal ‘clearly smells’ as First Nations fight in court
All week long the Conservative opposition has accused the government of nepotism and conflict of interest when awarding a clam harvesting quota to Five Nations Clams. Twenty-five percent of it is owned by five Indigenous groups but the brother of a Liberal MP owns the other seventy-five percent. As well, Muskrat Falls Hydro land protector had another run in with the police at a rally on Parliament Hill.
May 2, 2018
‘Spirit of the White Paper’ behind Trudeau government fast-tracking legislative framework
Ontario Regional Chief Isadore Day says the spirit of the white paper is still alive on the day Prime Minister Justin Trudeau addressed the AFN’s Special Chiefs Assembly. FSIN Chief Bobby Cameron is not convinced First Nations have been consulted enough over Ottawa’s proposed framework initiative on Indigenous rights. And the family of Colten Boushie made a plea to the chiefs in attendance as they push for a Royal Commission to look into Colten’s death.
Apr 26, 2018
Colonization forced Yale First Nation to sign deal with Kinder Morgan says chief
On a special west coast edition on Nation to Nation: Yale First Nation Chief Ken Hansen accepted a Kinder Morgan deal as his community’s way out of poverty. Chief Aaron Sumexheltza of the Lower Nicola Indian Band has a conditional agreement to allow the Trans Mountain pipeline through his territory. And constitutional lawyer Jack Woodward says First Nations and their rights need to be foremost in pipeline negotiations.
Apr 19, 2018
Trudeau government won’t rule out using force to build Kinder Morgan’s pipeline
Our political panel of MPs debate how the federal government can possibly remove the uncertainty surrounding Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline project without mass arrests. We speak to a witness at a parliamentary committee studying the overhaul of the way projects, like pipelines, are reviewed and approved. And a man arrested for protesting at Kinder Morgan’s tank farm in Burnaby BC has his first day in court.
Apr 12, 2018
The First Nation that believes it can stop Kinder Morgan: ‘It’ll be our Standing Rock’
Russ Diabo has been a frequent and vocal critic of the Assembly of First Nations, so he surprised everyone when he announced his intention to run for National Chief. Two Ottawa area environmental activists talk about blocking the city’s traffic in support of opponents of the Kinder Morgan pipeline project. And a British Columbia First Nation may be key to stopping the pipeline dead in its tracks.
Apr 5, 2018
Tensions tighten with each arrest at the gates of Kinder Morgan
An Indigenous activist says Indigenous people arrested at a Kinder Morgan protest camp in BC are being treated differently than non-Indigenous people. N2N talks to two people who have been living at the camp continuously. And a Vancouver lawyer is fighting to get her clients band membership despite them already having status.
Mar 22, 2018
Government defends Indigenous rights framework initiative on Nation to Nation
Indigenous Crown Relations Parliamentary Secretary Yvonne Jones defends her government’s approach to an Indigenous rights framework. The chief commissioner of Ontario’s Human Rights Commission explains why she thinks racism is pervasive and normalized in Timmins, Ontario. And two Members of Parliament appeared before a House committee to explain why Indigenous languages should be easy to use in parliamentary proceedings.
Mar 15, 2018
Pipelines, residential school settlements and incarceration dominate Nation to Nation
William George talks about the watch house he hopes will stop the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion in its tracks. Dalhousie professor Amy Bombay says student on student abuse at residential schools was common. And Chantell Barker talks about the over-representation of Indigenous women in prison at a UN session on the status of women.
Mar 8, 2018
MMIWG chief commissioner explains why inquiry needs more time and money
A former gang member addresses a one day summit on gangs and guns hosted by Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale. MMIWG Chief Commissioner Marion Buller explains what the National Inquiry will do with the request for more time and money. And a Nunavut MLA wants a more cautious approach to devolution discussions with the federal government.
Mar 1, 2018
Taking one last look at the 2018 federal budget
The political panel takes one last look at budget 2018 to debate whether it’s enough to begin to close the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people. A $1.3 billion commitment to conservation in the budget may be of benefit to Indigenous communities. And Aboriginal witnesses appeared before a Senate committee to talk about the impact of the new cannabis law.
Feb 22, 2018
Child welfare, Indigenous law and the border put under the spotlight
Cindy Blackstock says there is still work to do despite government efforts to close funding gap on child welfare. Legal scholar Val Napoleon couldn’t be happier that the British Columbia government will fund an Indigenous law program at the University of Victoria. And a Haida lawyer explains why two Haida men shouldn’t have been detained by Canada Border Services.
Feb 15, 2018
Prime minister’s announcement is analyzed and dissected on Nation to Nation
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made a bold announcement Wednesday in the relationship between his government and Indigenous people. He promised, before the next election, to have a legislative framework in place to recognize Indigenous rights. It will guide all government interactions with Indigenous people.
Feb 8, 2018
Saganash’s UNDRIP bill dominates discussion on Nation to Nation
N2N’s political panel debates Bill C-262, on the adoption of UNDRIP. It passed second reading Wednesday night. Conservative Party voted against it, saying it’s being rushed through Parliament. Liberals disagree.
Feb 1, 2018
The political panel takes aim at the department of Indigenous services
The political panel is back and talking about the new department of Indigenous Services. Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs Grand Chief Arlen Dumas describes what he wants a nation to nation relationship to look like. And an Indigenous woman from Mexico wants Canadians to take note of her people’s plight against a major highway development.
Jan 25, 2018
The emergency meeting on the crisis in child welfare
On Nation to Nation it was day one of the emergency meeting on child and family services. Children are being disconnected from their families and communities and becoming lost said one Indigenous leader. And Nunavut’s senator wants input from residents ahead of a new arctic policy by Ottawa.
Jan 18, 2018
Chief Commissioner explains delay in asking feds for extension on MMIWG inquiry
Inquiry’s Chief Commissioner Marion Buller defends her staff and delays in asking the federal government for an extension. An Ontario leader says First Nations there aren’t ready for legal marijuana this summer. And an interim board member says the new national reconciliation commission will act in the role of a watchdog.
Jan 11, 2018
Two courts will be hearing some important cases
Important court cases seek groundbreaking decisions. One in Northern Ontario wants the annual annuity raised substantially from $4. While the Supreme Court of Canada will hear arguments on Monday where governments would have to consult First Nations before legislation is crafted and passed.
Dec 21, 2017
The Federal government takes some licks on the final show of 2017
It’s been almost exactly five years since Idle No More got started on the Prairies. Although it held a rally in Toronto today and plan another one in Winnipeg this weekend, its public presence is arguably not like it was in 2012. In this episode of Nation To Nation, we take a look at Idle No More and the federal government.
Dec 14, 2017
Government needs to stop treating families disrespectfully – NDP
Opposition members take the government to task. For making Angela Sheeshish go to court to get permission to tell the world about her ordeal at the St. Anne’s residential school. And Ontario regional chief Isadore Day wants more time to explore the impacts of making pot legal.
Dec 7, 2017
MMIWG Chief Commissioner is asked to resign
MMIWG Chief Commissioner Marion Buller got an earful at the AFN chief’s special assembly in Ottawa Thursday. A Manitoba leader asked for her resignation. And an AFN resolution supported more time and money for the Inquiry - and that Buller resign her position.
Nov 30, 2017
Halfway through its mandate, the government defends its record
Political panel rates how well the government has handled the Indigenous file since being elected. Thunder Bay MP Don Rusnak explains whether or not the city he represents is in crisis. And a BC coastal leader wants Ottawa’s help to prevent fuel spills near her community.
Nov 23, 2017
Is government bureaucracy is interfering with the National Inquiry into MMIWG?
Political panel discusses whether government bureaucracy is interfering with the MMIWG Inquiry. And Auditor General Michael Ferguson says Health Canada had no idea if its programs targeting Indigenous dental health were effective.
Nov 16, 2017
Metis leader expresses skepticism on Riel anniversary
On Nation to Nation, Metis leader questions the honour of the Crown on the anniversary of Louis Riel’s execution. And the leaders of modern day treaties and self-government agreements are cautiously optimistic about implementation under the Trudeau government.
Nov 9, 2017
How Bill S-3 is ending sex discrimination in the Indian Act
A deal was announced on finally passing Bill S-3. It ends sex discrimination in the Indian Act by restoring status to women who married non-status men. The political panel discusses the ending of sex discrimination in the Indian Act with Bill S-3. Also, discussion on the devastating wildfire season last summer. Plus, speculation about who the next justice of the Supreme Court of Canada may be.
Nov 2, 2017
How band membership is determined and why it became an issue on Parliament Hill
The political panel debates band membership under the Indian Act and the exploding population of Indigenous prisoners. As well, a Winnipeg member of parliament offers a dire warning about Indigenous languages. Robert Falcon Ouellette says if nothing is done now, it could be too late to save them.
Oct 26, 2017
Jordan’s Principle still taking bureaucrats by surprise
A look at the woes besetting the National Inquiry into MMIWG and even though Jordan’s Principle was supposed to have been a guiding motion for the past decade, as late as a year ago some bureaucrats at Health Canada still didn’t know what it was. Also on this episode of Nation To Nation, the hereditary Chief in British Columbia. Is the BC premier and the Minister of Agriculture on their side when it comes to getting rid of fish farms in his traditional territory?
Oct 19, 2017
A look at what’s wrong with the way specific claims are resolved
Crown Indigenous Relations Parliamentary Secretary Yvonne Jones, Conservative Shadow Minister for Indigenous Affairs Cathy McLeod, and NDP Deputy Critic for Indigenous Affairs Georgina Jolibois all weigh in on what's wrong with the way specific claims are resolved. It takes too long and costs too much. So is another overhaul of the process going to be effective? As well, there's been a lot of talk about self-government and self-determination. But not so much about re-establishing Indigenous law. Legal scholar Val Napoleon of the Faculty of Law at the University of Victoria says you can't have effective self-government without it.
Oct 12, 2017
Indigenous people overrepresented in prisons, under-represented in trade
Senator Kim Pate talks about the staggering numbers of Indigenous people in prison, especially for females, where nearly 38 percent of all female prisoners are Aboriginal women. As well, what does the North American Free Trade Agreement have to do with Indigenous people? International trade lawyer Wayne Garnons-Williams says it has a lot to do with it. And is pushing for an Indigenous chapter to be included in NAFTA.
Oct 5, 2017
MMIWG Inquiry, and what is a government to government relationship?
Laurie Odjick is one of the speakers at Octobers’s Sisters in Spirit vigil on Parliament Hill. Her daughter Maisy has been missing since 2008. Odjick joins Nation to Nation host Todd in the studio and explains why she still supports the National Inquiry into MMIWG, despite having reservations. As well, the political panel is back and one the issues on the table is – what exactly does having a government to government relationship mean?