The First Nations leaders have reserved a warm welcome to Justin Trudeau who gave a speech on Tuesday morning before their meeting.
The new Prime Minister has obviously already a great capital of sympathy with the Assembly of First Nations (AFN).
In introducing Mr. Trudeau, the National Chief of the AFN, Perry Bellegarde, multiplied praise and thanks, stressing that it was the first time in many years that a Prime Minister would sit with the APN.
He then congratulated the Liberal leader to have appointed two Indian ministers – for Justice, Jody Wilson-Raybould, and Fisheries, Hunter Tootoo – stressing the importance of having representatives of First Nations at the table of decisions.
When he spoke, Justin Trudeau began by saying “thank you” in several Aboriginal languages, provoking applause increasingly fed to each of thanks he spoke.
The Prime Minister promised that his government would work “as equal partners” and try to “rebuild trust between the Canadian government and indigenous peoples’ avoiding of” solutions imposed from the top down. ”
The hall has jumped up when he reiterated his intention to set up a survey of some 1,200 missing and murdered Aboriginal women, a promise made before and during the election campaign.
“We made this investigation a priority for our government because those who have been affected by this national tragedy have waited long enough,” said Mr. Trudeau.
“The victims deserve to get justice, and their families, an opportunity to be heard and to grieve,” he chained, adding that the process for the establishment of this investigation was already underway .
Liberal Leader reported that two ceiling percent increase for the funding of First Nations programs would be abolished from the first federal budget – another ad that appealed to the hundreds of people who came to listen to his speech.
The Liberals also will review thoroughly the law “unilaterally imposed on indigenous peoples” by the previous government, has again promised Justin Trudeau.
“The measures that conflict with your duties, which are incompatible with the principles of good governance or those who simply have no sense of the Public Policy Plan will be abolished,” he said.
Before leaving the room to go to a meeting of his cabinet, Justin Trudeau was draped in a traditional cover star pattern. “This coverage provides protection, warmth, love, security,” said Perry Bellegarde.