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Legislation to create a new oversight body tracking Canada’s reconciliation efforts has passed a final vote in Parliament.

The soon-to-be-enshrined law would create a council of 13 directors to oversee Ottawa’s progress towards reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples. The three national Indigenous organizations, ITK included, would get a seat on the council but so would other individuals, appointed by the Crown.

ITK President Natan Obed is opposed to the council, saying it will be a powerless bureaucratic body that could allow the federal government to sidestep  national, right-holding organizations and existing agreements – a colonial throwback disguised as reconciliation.

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Publication Date

April 29, 2024