Showing posts from February, 2018

Trudeau's Dance of Deception on Indigenous Rights

*Originally published in Lawyer's Daily on February 26, 2018 (edited to include links) On Feb. 14, 2018, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced his plan to develop a new legislative framework called the “Recognition and Implementation of Rights Framework” intended to recognize Indigenous rights and avoid litigation. This announcement came after the incredible not guilty verdict in the Gerald Stanley murder trial — the farmer who killed Colten Boushie from Red Pheasant First Nation — and the subsequent nationwide rallies and protests by Indigenous peoples. There is no doubt that Trudeau was trying to deflect attention from the deep-rooted racism within Canada’s justice system — but also in his own government’s failure to take substantive action on any of the injustices facing Indigenous peoples. Despite his many pre- and post-election promises to Indigenous peoples — Trudeau has been all talk and little action. Aside from the opportunistic nature of his announcement, i