"I really wanted to do something to help."
'Truth and reconciliation begins with truth telling'
An estimated 16,000 aboriginal children ended up in non-native homes from 1965 to 1984.
A federal study found aboriginals and the mentally ill entangled with the justice system often ran into similar difficulties.
That's almost 13 times more than the $150 million the federal government has budgeted for housing on all reserves across Canada this year.
Indigenous leaders today are faced with the daunting task of balancing the socio-economic needs and priorities of their people with the finite resources passed on from government and their own source revenues. So, what is the answer to closing these socio-economic gaps and creating a more promising future?
It keeps happening. Young, aboriginal women across Canada found dead or severely beaten. But for them, and the families of the 1,200 missing and murdered Indigenous women, this week's announcement of a federal government inquiry offers a rare moment to celebrate. I applaud the Liberal Government for finally recognizing that we, Indigenous women, are valued enough to make this a national issue. A lot of women have been working for many years around this issue.
Jody Wilson-Raybould is a former Assembly of First Nations regional chief.
"It’s just totally inappropriate for a minister to be playing partisan politics on something this important."
The recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission were on the agenda of Canada's premiers, meeting at Happy Valley-Goose Bay earlier this week. The Premiers did more than discuss the wide-ranging recommendations.