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Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami President Natan Obed says he’s considering pulling out of the new National Council for Reconciliation, calling the oversight body a “melting pot of Indigenous voices” he doesn’t want his organization to be a part of.

The council is the federal government’s response to Call to Action 53 from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, which urged Ottawa to create an independent national body to track the federal government’s efforts to rebuild the relationship with Indigenous peoples.

Obed said the legislation “has the potential to undermine a lot of the advances Inuit have made with the Crown.” He said Inuit leaders have long called for “distinctions-based reconciliation,” which he said the council goes against by combining the interests of First Nations, Inuit and Métis into one body.

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CBC News

Publication Date

May 3, 2024