“The Canadian government owes Indigenous people almost $76 billion — a sum seven times greater today than when Justin Trudeau became prime minister.”

by Brad Salzberg

February 6, 2024

In 2007, the United Nations adopted the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), declaring that Indigenous people own the land and resources of the countries in which they live.

“They have the right to the lands, territories and resources which they have traditionally owned, occupied or otherwise used or acquired… to own, use, develop and control.”

Canada’s ruling Conservative government at the time voted “no,” along with the United States, Australia and New Zealand.

In 2016, Justin Trudeau’s government reversed Canada’s objection. Thus began a process of disempowerment that has rapidly accelerated under our current Liberal government.

Trudeau adores this kind of thing. Any opportunity to stick it to “mainstream” Canada, and our PM is there with pink bells on. His Liberal government are big on empowerment– as long as its outcome damages communities for which he holds scorn.

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