By Tiar Wilson, CBC News, Oct 21, 2015
When Pam Palmater heard Justin Trudeau, Canada’s next prime minister, speak about a “renewed nation-to-nation relationship with Indigenous Peoples that respects rights and honours treaties,” in his victory speech Monday, she says she had mixed feelings of hope and skepticism.
“It has to be a wait and see, because political promises are worth nothing until they are realized,” said Palmater, who is a Mi’kmaq lawyer and chair of Indigenous Governance at Ryerson University in Toronto.
“I am practical. I look at the history of the Liberals. I mean, murdered and missing indigenous women just didn’t become an issue, it’s been an issue for decades,” said Palmater. Read the rest of this entry