Opinion polls remain trapped in statistical ties as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau calls for a 36-day steep election staggering towards a vote on Monday.
This was an English debate that was widely criticized for using a form that actually hindered the debate, with few highlights and mostly a disastrous campaign.
For the most part, it remains an election about the need for elections. Conservative leaders I profiled this week, Erin O’Toole and Jagmeet Singh of New Democrats, continue to characterize the pandemic election call as unnecessary and unwise during a public health emergency. .. (My report on Mr Trudeau and his campaign will be available this weekend.)
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There were no other issues that allowed the leader to significantly redefine the campaign. And many important subjects were given short savings.
Exhibit A, among the things that were overlooked, was an indigenous issue.
The body of a former student was found in an unmarked grave on the grounds of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School in May, and was found elsewhere in the weeks that shocked many Canadians living outside the indigenous community. , Renewed national debate on reconciliation. But in most cases, the conversation wasn’t carried over to the campaign.
Shin and other candidates challenged Trudeau for failing to deliver clean drinking water to all indigenous communities during the five years since Trudeau took office.
“It’s certainly not capacity, it’s certainly not a lack of technology. It’s certainly not money because we have resources. We can do this,” Singh said. I said when I stopped by the Nescantaga First Nations. “Then what is it? I don’t buy anything other than political will for a moment,” he said.
Mr. Singh gave some details on how Trudeau’s government would succeed despite allocating more than $ 2 billion to its efforts and creating a new cabinet position as Minister of Indigenous Services. Provided.
In fact, Trudeau often brags about how the government brought clean water to 109 indigenous communities. But that doesn’t mean the problem is gone. When Mr Trudeau came to power, 105 boiling water orders were in effect at First Nations. However, as the government solved some community problems, problems occurred elsewhere. Today, there are 52 boiling water orders left.
“Each of these communities has an action plan and project team with the money and expertise to get it done,” Tordo’s senior political adviser Ben Chin said in Burnaby, British Columbia this week. Told. “We are confident that other boiling water orders will occur and we also need to pivot to them.”
However, this did not surface during the campaign, except for the block of indigenous questions during the English debate. Despite the year of making headlines, indigenous issues still lie around mainstream Canadian politics.
Earlier this year, Mumilaaq Qaqqaq, a member of the New Democratic Party representing Nunavut, said he would not seek re-election due to the difficulties he faced as an indigenous member of parliament.
“The system is built to work for certain people,” she told The Globe and Mail. “It’s a middle-aged white man.”
According to the First Nations plenary session, there are 50 indigenous candidates for this election.
Indigenous peoples generally seem less likely to vote than others in Canada. The Election Commission’s analysis counts only indigenous peoples living in protected areas and excludes many others. However, in 2019, just over 51% of the population voted, compared to 67% of all voters.
Some of them may be geographical. Many reserves are located in sparsely populated constituencies across a wide area of the state. This means that many communities rarely come to candidates who want to be members of the local parliament.
Indigenous children disappeared in Canada
The remains of presumed indigenous children were found on the site of an abandoned boarding school in Canada. Here’s what you need to know:
- Background: Around 1883, indigenous children in many parts of Canada were forced to attend boarding schools under a forced assimilation program. Most of these schools were run by churches, all of which banned the use of indigenous languages and indigenous cultural customs, often through violence. Not only illness, but also sexual, physical and psychological abuse was widespread. An estimated 150,000 children passed through the school between the opening and closing of the school in 1996.
- Missing children: Established as part of a government apology and reconciliation to schools, the National Truth Commission has killed at least 4,100 students on their way to school, many of them due to abuse and negligence, and others due to illness or accidents. I concluded. In many cases, families never knew the fate of their offspring, now known as “missing children.”
- discover: In May, members of the Tk’emlups te Secwepemc First Nation discovered 215 bodies at the Kamloops School, which was run by the Roman Catholic Church until 1969, after bringing in ground penetrating radar. In June, an indigenous group said that as many as 751 bodies were found in unmarked tombs on the grounds of a former boarding school in Saskatchewan, mainly children.
- Cultural genocide: In a 2015 report, the Commission concluded that this system was a form of “cultural slaughter.” Former judge and senator Murray Sinclair, who headed the committee, said he recently believed that the number of disappeared children was “well over 10,000.”
- Apology and next step: The Commission sought an apology from the Pope for the role of the Roman Catholic Church. Pope Francis was less than one, but the Archbishop of Vancouver apologized on behalf of his Archdiocese. Canada has formally apologized and provided financial and other search assistance, but indigenous leaders believe the government still has a long way to go.
There may be technical barriers, but the pandemic can be exacerbated. This year, the First Nations plenary session worked with the Canadian Election Commission to resolve issues such as primary registration.
However, many indigenous people told me they would choose not to vote because they do not consider themselves Canadians, but rather support the system imposed on them.
“Many indigenous peoples I know of in both urban and home communities feel that indigenous peoples are irrelevant to both local and national politics and that indigenous peoples have no say. We don’t vote intentionally, “said member Susanne Stewart. Associate Professor of Indigenous Healing at Yellowknife Dean First Nations in the Northwest Territories and the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto.
Professor Stewart told me that he would vote for New Democrats on Monday, but was fully enacted in 1960 just to honor those who fought to give the indigenous people that right.
“That’s why I vote, not because someone cares or believes we’re involved,” she said.
Originally from Windsor, Ontario, Ian Austen is educated in Toronto, lives in Ottawa, and has reported on Canada in the New York Times for the past 16 years. Follow him on Twitter @ianrausten.
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