Published Jan. 3, 2013, in The Toronto Star.
Over the past several weeks, indigenous peoples have mobilized effectively to demand that the Crown uphold its many treaty promises. Indigenous peoples are tired of the piecemeal approach undertaken by the Harper government, but also previous governments as well, both Liberal and Conservative.
Although there have been many well-meaning attempts over the years to honour the Crown’s nation-to-nation relationship with indigenous peoples, such as modern treaties, the residential school apology, and the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples, all of these actions have been mostly piecemeal measures, resulting in sometimes positive yet incredibly slow changes for native peoples in Canada.
So what should the federal government do?