The News Rundown
- The United States has set their withdrawal date in Afghanistan for September 11th. 20 years after the terror attack that began what was known as the War on Terror.
- In the aftermath of the announcement of the US withdrawal the Taliban has been on a push and occupies more than half of the country.
- With the US gone one wonders whether the Taliban will take over again or if the country is destined for civil war.
- Canada of course had a very extensive mission in Afghanistan and that mission would not have been possible without local interpreters and guides.
- These people and their families now have targets on their back for retribution.
- Missions succeeded and failed based on the interpreters. The difference between two words could mean the difference between pulling the trigger and not. Interpreters would also guide troops around saying which roads to not go down and in cases point out where bombs had been placed.
- For the longest time the Canadian government dithered and seemingly did not have a plan. In doing so they would have condemned these people to death.
- That is not Canadian. Without them the number of Canadians lost in Afghanistan would’ve been much higher.
- There have been calls for the government to welcome these people to Canada. Perhaps with the same vigour as Trudeau’s 2015 election push when the media used the picture of child Alan Kurdi to create fake news painting the conservatives as monsters. Or with the same vigour as Trudeau’s infamous #WelcometoCanada tweet after President Trump’s inauguration.
- Today though we finally have the shell of a plan.
- Interpreters and guides along with their families will be able to flee to Canada as refugees and will be provided a “path to protection” according to the government.
- The government estimates that the number of people eligible will be in the thousands.
- Details were scarce but Immigration Minister Marco Mendocino said that “time is of the essence and we expect the first arrivals will be in Canada very shortly.”
- Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan couldn’t provide details due to “operational security” but planning with coalition allies on logistics is underway.
- In a Joe Warmington Toronto Sun piece he said that, “taking no action could leave Canada with blood on its hands” He’s right.
- A lot of the interpreters involved are in active hiding and if they were to come out it would be a short order before the Taliban found them.
- Justin Trudeau and his government loves to use refugees as virtue signalling pieces. No one ever said there was anything inherently wrong with admitting refugees but using them to score political points is disgusting.
- This mission to save the interpreters and their families comes at a critical time.
- With just over a month until the United States leaves they have recently carried out air strikes to support Afghan forces. The situation is not going well for the Afghan government.
- When Donald Trump was President he was lambasted for wanting to pull out of Afghanistan but there seems to be little concern with Biden’s plan.
- 159 Canadians lost their lives in Afghanistan. The Canadian government, the US government, and the original coalition partners should be having a discussion about what we’re willing to lose if the Taliban takes over again.
- Canada lost 159. The US over 2400, the Uk lost 456, France 89, Germany 57, Italy 53, and other coalition partners in total lost 321. That combined with over 47,000 civilians killed should offer a sombre discussion on whether or not withdrawal is actually a good idea or if the US and our allies need to come up with another solution.
- The worst thing to happen would be for the Taliban to take over yet again and all our work, money, and lives be for nothing. It appears that’s the way Afghanistan is going and saving the interpreters is just one small thing we can do in a country that’s going from bad to worse.
- You would be forgiven for not realizing that last Tuesday was BC's 150th anniversary of being a province in Canada, having been admitted into the confederation on July 20th, 1871. Many leading BC political figures at the time, fearing annexation from the US, and a lack of governmental structures and an overwhelming debt (at the time), mainly caused by rapid growth, negotiated with the new confederation of Canada to join, in the start of what has been a fruitful and beneficial partnership for both the province and the country over that time.
- Oftentimes I see it said lately with the rise of anti-colonial sentiment spurred on by the residential school discoveries, that BC should not celebrate joining Canada, or that BC should even change its name. To that I say that those making these knee-jerk statements do not understand the complicated history. Without BC joining Canada, and negotiating to build the Canadian-Pacific railway linking the vast amount of unsettled territory in between, at the very least, everything west of Toronto would likely be American now. While there are some that would like to see that happen, it is clear that our complicated history surely would not have been any less complicated under the American flag.
- So why is it considered taboo to celebrate BC's history? Our very union with Canada? Mainly because many Canadians in the 21st century aren't proud of who they are anymore, or of what our country believes in. We saw a major dichotomy with celebrations around the beginning of the month, with many Canada Day events being cancelled, while just a few days later south of the border, American Independence Day celebrations continued unhindered.
- After promising $30 million in this year's budget to mark the 1871 anniversary, the B.C. government has yet to announce details of who the money will go to, or any events or initiatives scheduled.
- The Ministry of Municipal Affairs, when asked about their plans, said this in a statement: "We are consulting with stakeholders on the best way to deliver this program, and expect to have more to say about this in the coming weeks. While the history of our province includes many moments of progress, it also has dark chapters and a colonial legacy that continue to inflict pain upon communities to this day. That's why we are providing $30 million in funding to help local governments and First Nations bring programs to light that educate people about our past, advance reconciliation, and promote inclusivity and diversity for our future."
- No minister was available for an interview on how the B.C. government wanted to acknowledge the anniversary. The gap at this point between funding announcements and concrete plans reflects the ongoing transition in many governments in Canada in talking about colonial history.
- Historians agree that Confederation was an important event in B.C.'s history in a variety of ways, including ending the debate over whether the colony would remain independent or join the United States, giving the government financial stability due to Canada taking over debts, providing the railway, which led to a population boom, and ceding control over Indigenous issues to a different level of government.
- Dr. Kelly Black, a historian and executive director of the Point Ellice House Museum in Victoria, said that it "wasn't kind of a given that B.C. would join Canada."
- Black said: "The particulars around how the province is structured and the jurisdiction that the province has over certain matters is all connected to the 1871 terms of Union and we should be thinking about that as we think about what the future of British Columbia looks like."
- Black believes that B.C.'s lack of discussion so far about its 150th year in Canada is a "missed opportunity," and believes more funding for museums and conversations about the province's past are essential.
- "I don't like to use the word celebrate in connection with this anniversary but I think we definitely, definitely need to reflect on it. If the province is not willing to recognize that it's time for an investment in these kinds of institutions and this kind of history work, then we're going to just continue to have a deficit of knowledge and understanding about the past."
- And that is the crux of the problem. There is a lack of education on our past, not just in BC, but as a country, both the good and the bad. Those who are upset with Canada's past in dealing with Indigenous issues, should look into how the Americans treated their Native Americans by comparison.
- Canadians #1 national identity is that we are not American, so how would we feel today if these sorts of people took a time machine back to 1871, meddled with how BC joined Canada just to make themselves feel better? Well, they would likely return to the present day and to discover that the entire North American continent was one country, and that all of what we know of in Canada was just simply a northern section of the United States. Would that solve the problems?
- Now obviously we can't change what happened in the past. All we can do is learn from it, and promise to do better in the future and not repeat the same mistakes. BC's founding was built on policies that aimed to do right by the Indigenous, at first. In the 1850s, James Douglas, the governor of the colonies of Vancouver Island and British Columbia, himself married to an Indigenous woman, made 14 small treaties, and insisted that Indigenous people lay out their own reserves and have the same legal rights as Europeans, including the right to acquire more land.
- Subsequent governors, premiers and administrators reversed his policies. When British Columbia became a province in 1871 there were 10,000 settlers of European descent, some 3,000 Chinese immigrants and still some 50,000 Indigenous people, and yet the new settlers created a “white man’s democracy” where only European men had the vote.
- Their promised “rule of law” was used to imprison those who persisted in the traditional potlatch, resisted colonization, and after the 1920s, it was used to force children into residential schools. Chinese, Japanese, immigrants from India and Black refugees from the United States also faced structural and blatant racism.
- Squamish Nation Councillor Khelsilem, said that any anniversary events should be rooted in education rather than celebration: "Celebrating B.C. joining confederation is a complicated and discomforting feeling for a lot of people, including a lot of Indigneous people. There were still a lot of discriminatory laws and policies that were targeting Indigenous people, and Indigenous people were never meaningfully involved in B.C. joining Confederation."
- It is impossible to know, but we can imagine, what this territory would look like today if Europeans had treated the 40-some First Nations as sovereign bodies, as had the earliest European explorers of BC, James Cook, George Vancouver and Bodega y Quadra, or if the land had been shared as promised by Douglas. What we do know is that at several junctions, settlers chose alternative paths devastating to First Nations.
- And yet, there are some reasons to celebrate. Indigenous populations have finally returned to their pre-contact levels, their art and culture are deservedly world-renowned and celebrated and their concerns are now at the centre of provincial attention. British Columbia is the envy of the world for our environment, standard of living, and our efforts to do better combating racism.
- And surely there are reasons to mourn. As we mark this anniversary, the ongoing discovery of residential school graves are waking British Columbia settlers to inconvenient truths about our past and present. Most settlers are understandably appalled while many Indigenous people are being retraumatized. How can we move forward?
- One thing is clear. Indigenous leaders have emphasized that recent acts of vandalism are harmful to their aspirations to bring us together on a path to reconciliation: “We do not believe in dividing communities” they said.
- They have lived the harm done by attacking other people’s history and know there is no profit in disrespecting the histories of others. The people of B.C. are wise enough, and the province big enough, to accommodate multiple histories and we know that setting one story, one people, against another is the worst way to make progress.
- What is clear, is that these criminal arsonists, for their very actions are criminal, who are burning down churches and tearing down statues in BC and across the land, are not doing any favours for the Indigenous communities across our country.
- Just one day before BC's 150 anniversary of joining Canada, the St. George Coptic Orthodox Church in Surrey, BC burned completely to the ground. This church faithfully served a multicultural background of Christians from many countries in North Africa and the Middle East, many of whom immigrated to Canada to find a better life and to build a home here in our country, after escaping religious persecution in their origin countries.
- The total destruction of the Coptic church calls for closer scrutiny. It was built by refugees who fled religious persecution in their home countries, principally Egypt. To flee from persecution only to have your place of worship destroyed in your country of refuge must be very hard to bear.
- A statement issued by the church after the fire more than suggests how deeply this congregation registered the event: “Our church was more than a building. It brought together a diverse congregation of Coptic, Eritrean, Ethiopian, Iraqi and Lebanese Orthodox believers. The church was a haven where we practised our ancient holy rites that have been preserved over centuries from our forefathers who keep the faith defying great odds. It was a place where we built community, where we shared meals, where we married our youth, christened our babies and welcomed newcomers to the faith.”
- One parishioner commented: “The loss is heartbreaking, disappointing and devastating for the congregation and the community.”
- After hearing such testimony, how can anyone continue to argue that “they’re just buildings,” or maintain the vile rallying cry of “burn it all down”?
- Security footage has shown the true nature of the vandals. They are not First Nations, nor are they doing this on behalf of First Nations. Many of the churches that have been targeted are situated on Native reserves, though it must be highlighted that Indigenous leaders have expressed both anger and dismay over these attacks. Some of the destroyed churches had served their First Nations communities for very long periods.
- No, it's clear that in response to the residential school announcements, far-left radicals have used this opportunity as an excuse to terrorize Catholic and other Christian communities by targeting churches.
- While the arsonists of these churches have not been labelled as such, they could certainly be considered terrorists. Terrorism, after all, we have previously defined as being the unlawful use of violence and intimidation, especially against civilians, in the pursuit of political aims. Is not the total destruction of these community centers and gathering grounds the use of intimidation against civilians? And if these arsonists are doing it in retaliation of the Catholic Church's reprehensible lack of recognition of any responsibility for the recent residential school discoveries, then is that not a political aim?
- Yes. What these malcontents are doing is terrorism. But our politicians are silent on the matter. Justin Trudeau took part in two summits, one on combatting Anti-Semitism, and the other on combatting Islamophobia. While no one should draw objections to such meetings, or their intention of removing, or at least reducing, discrimination against either of these two religions, as far as can be determined, no scheduled summit dealing with the current wave of destructive hostility directed at Christian worshippers.
- True North News has put up an updated map of the so far 53 churches that have been vandalized, desecrated, or burned to the ground in the past month, with more happening almost daily. When this many Christian churches from coast to coast suffer everything from vandalism to full destruction, it is a huge national event that calls for extraordinary responses from both government and police forces. This is nothing less than a sustained, violent and hateful rampage targeting a particular faith. It is a bigotry of fire, not words.
- Yet, on the political front, considering the scale of these events, the reaction has been utterly underwhelming.
- Rex Murphy, writing in the National Post, makes what he says is a truth that many don't want to hear: "A comparable sequence of attacks on faiths other than Christianity would call for immensely more coverage than these have received; that politicians from all levels of government would be storming the TV studios and microphones to express their sympathy and anger; and that the police forces would be issuing daily updates on their efforts to find the perpetrators and put an end to the horror."
- However, so far, no sense of such urgency can be detected. Either from the media, or our political parties of any stripe. And that is worrisome, not just for Christian churchgoers, but all Canadians everywhere.
- One of the stories we haven’t had much time to cover on Western Context is the rise in hate crimes across this country.
- The federal government continues to vow to remove systemic racism as they see it from our society but we see little hard action and a lot of virtue signalling.
- In a move consistent with Alberta re-asserting its independence the province has called for the legalization of pepper spray as a defence mechanism.
- The province is also calling for the federal government to impose mandatory minimum sentences for those guilty of hate crimes.
- In making the announcement, Alberta Justice Minister and Solicitor General Kaycee Madu said, “It is sadly ironic that a vulnerable person carrying pepper spray for self-defence could quite possibly receive a longer sentence than her attacker.”
- Taking questions this week the Premier took a question from a journalist who was bringing forward the concerns about people spraying pepper spray “willy nilly”. In response the Premier said, “…a non-lethal tool for people to protect themselves from violent attacks I think is perfectly reasonable. It’s time for the Trudeau government to stop virtue signalling about the issue of hate crimes and actually crack down on hate crimes. This is a government that has widely repealed mandatory minimum sentences.”
- This past June in Edmonton a man received a 7 month sentence for three hate related assaults, with time already served the person would be released from custody in just 35 days.
- The president of the Edmonton police association sees making pepper spray legal as adding another difficulty in the job for police officers. It is worth noting that the law would still charge people using pepper spray as an assault weapon.
- Irfan Chaudhry, a hate crime researcher and director of MacEwan University’s office of human rights, diversity and equity, said that he sees pepper spray as ill-conceived and not very practical. He also points out that it doesn’t get at the root cause of what’s causing hate-motivated violence in the first place.
- Scapegoating is a common technique used to put aside fear of the unknown or a problem that doesn’t have an immediate solution, this can lead to hate crimes.
- Canadians new and old are concerned about the direction their communities have been taking.
- Canada at its heart is one of the most accepting and diverse societies on the planet. But that doesn’t mean that the concerns of one group should take precedence over another.
- Canadians who have been through three recessions (2009, 2014, and the COVID induced one) are at their wits end. With economic hardship comes societal hardship.
- This is not an excuse but we need to look at who is being marginalized whether it be new Canadians or workers whose industry is being phased out by the Trudeau government.
- In the meantime all those involved from government officials to hate crime researchers to law enforcement need to accept that we need a solution.
- It’s unfortunate our society has progressed to this point but we need to be clear that one of the most important rights a Canadian can have is to a safe community.
- It is well documented in Canada that sometimes those defending themselves often face worse criminal sentences than those who committed the actual crime.
- Our laws federally favour the assailant and in most cases do not put the victim first.
- This is not something that Alberta can just change unilaterally though. The changes would need to go through the federal government with an amendment to the Criminal Code of Canada.
- In an aptly titled Calgary Sun article, “Trudeau, pass the pepper spray –– and hand out tougher time” Minister Madu shared thoughts with Rick Bell.
- Minister Madu pointed out that hate crimes could be related to a member of a religious group, a cultural group, an Indigenous group, a sexual minority and, yes, a political group.
- He also said, “talk is cheap, it’s easy. But these guys have not followed through with actions on their commitment to build a safer community for all Canadians.”
- He ended by saying, “If I come across the prime minister, as he’s consistently done, working against Alberta’s best interests I will not hesitate to call him out. I have a solemn responsibility to go after anyone that continues to take our province for a ride… I don’t expect to be popular in Ottawa.”
- With an election on the way this discussion could get the ball rolling but only time will tell if this is an Alberta issue or if others in Canada feel the same.
- It seems that we can't go one month without a Trudeau cabinet minister having a scandal. This time, it's Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett, a minister in charge of arguably one of the most important portfolios, what with the state that our country has been in this spring.
- More than half-a-dozen Indigenous and non-Indigenous former staffers who worked in Bennett's office at various points between 2016 and 2020, have come forward to say that Indigenous employees were regularly sidelined by a "toxic" working environment in Bennett's office but their complaints fell on deaf ears.
- At least one verbal complaint about the workplace environment was brought to the minister herself, while a separate verbal complaint went to her chief of staff, Sarah Welch. Three verbal complaints also went to officials in the Prime Minister's Office, but they resulted in no action. One former ministerial staffers said "Bennett — ultimately, the buck stops there — didn't want to hear about it."
- Another said "The office was very toxic. That … affected the ability of the office to really move things. It could be toxic and good people don't stay for toxic."
- Former staffers said Indigenous employees in Bennett's office were marginalized — that their views were regularly dismissed and they were often cut out of important decisions on their files.
- Bennett's tenure in an Indigenous affairs portfolio is the second-longest of any federal minister since 1966, when Indian Affairs became a stand-alone department. Bennett entered cabinet after establishing herself on the Indigenous file through her advocacy on Indigenous rights during the cross-country Idle No More movement between late 2012 and early 2013. She was appointed Indigenous Affairs minister in November 2015 and became Crown-Indigenous Relations (CIRNA) minister in August 2017, when the department was split into two.
- Some of the former staffers said they believed that Bennett "cared deep down about Indigenous people." They said she wanted to execute transformational change, but "paternalism" and a dysfunctional office environment got in the way of progress.
- "She is very much convinced what the solution is and she has the right way of doing things and looks down on anyone that doesn't see it her way," said one former staffer.
- Former staffers said the "unconscious bias" of Bennett's inner circle and its refusal to listen to the views of Indigenous staff led the office to lose track of the political realities on the ground in Indigenous communities. That allowed the office to be caught off-guard by the First Nation protests that swept the nation in the winter of 2020 over the construction of a natural gas pipeline in B.C., former staffers said.
- One former staffer alleged an Indigenous staff member's objectivity on issues related to missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls was questioned by Welch. Another former employee said an Indigenous staffer was told by Emmaline English, a policy adviser later promoted to director of policy, that her people should "get over" and "move on" from atrocities committed by Canada against Indigenous people. The same Indigenous employee was also told by English that discussing a murdered relative during an internal meeting on missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls was "not warranted," said a former staffer who attended the meeting.
- Another former staffer said that failure to listen to Indigenous employees led Bennett into an embarrassing gaffe in 2018, during the election for national chief of the Assembly of First Nations in Vancouver.
- Welch was told by an Indigenous employee that Bennett should not appear at the Vancouver Convention Centre, where the vote was being held, until after the chiefs had selected the new head of the AFN. But Bennett did show up and met with Alberta chiefs on the morning of the vote, which was won by Perry Bellegarde. That led to claims by three of the four candidates that the minister was meddling in the internal politics of the AFN. Bennett was forced to acknowledge the controversy in a speech to AFN chiefs after the election.
- Former staffers said Bennett overestimated her relationship with First Nation leaders and relied too much on Bellegarde when it came to making decisions, such as choosing people for appointments. When staff raised concerns about the minister's reliance on the AFN, they were cut out of files: "If you were a favourite of the minister, your policy files got pushed ahead to the front of the line and if you weren't, they were just kind of sidetracked."
- Bennett also took outside criticism from some Indigenous advocates personally, said former staff members. Cindy Blackstock, who heads the First Nation Child and Family Caring Society, has been a persistent critic of the federal government's ongoing challenge of a Canadian Human Rights Tribunal order to compensate First Nations children taken into the child welfare system. Several former staffers said that Bennett often griped about Blackstock, claiming the First Nation child advocate was only doing it for "her own ego."
- Former staffers also said Bennett frequently complained about former Attorney General Jody Wilson-Raybould and former Indigenous Services minister Jane Philpott. One former staffer said: "To me, it seemed there was a competition, that [Bennett] had to be better." Another said: "She cannot stand Jody [Wilson-Raybould]. She saw Jody as a threat," said another.
- Bennett and Wilson-Raybould clashed internally over the direction of a signature government promise on Indigenous rights announced by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Valentine's Day in 2018.
- Bennett ended up leading the file to implement the Indigenous rights and recognition framework — which would have incorporated section 35 of the Constitution, which affirms Indigenous rights, into other aspects of federal law.
- However, Bennett's department mishandled consultation on the framework, which was roundly rejected by First Nation leaders and later scrapped by the federal government. The concept of the framework was developed by Wilson-Raybould before she entered federal politics.
- At least 11 Indigenous people have entered and left Bennett's office since she was handed the Indigenous Affairs portfolio, which turned into her current role at CIRNA after the department was split in two in 2017.
- "When I got there, I quickly realized I was a token. I was there to attend events with her so [Bennett] had a First Nations staffer with her, she wasn't just bringing her white staff. My voice was never heard … my experience never mattered, it seemed, because they were white and they had been to a First Nation community, they knew more ... they had better knowledge."
- This isn't even the first time Bennett has been under fire recently. A month ago, Bennett had to apologize to Jody Wilson-Raybould after sending her a text message suggesting that Wilson-Raybould doesn’t want a federal election because it would imperil her pension — a charge the Indigenous MP described as “racist” and “misogynistic.”
- Wilson-Raybould tweeted a screenshot of a text conversation with the minister in which Bennett referred to one of Wilson-Raybould’s tweets regarding the discovery of hundreds of unmarked graves at the site of a former residential school in Saskatchewan.
- “With the horrific news out of Saskatchewan, our collective call, again, is for concrete transformative action. @JustinTrudeau, if you care enough to make things right, stop your selfish jockeying for an election — which no one really wants — and do what you promised in 2018,” Wilson-Raybould’s tweet read.
- Bennett had texted Wilson-Raybould the tweet, along with a single-word message: “Pension?”
- Wilson-Raybould shared the text, which the Independent MP called “racist & misogynist” and said “reflects (the) notion that Indigenous peoples are lazy & only want $.” and shows “disregard, disdain, & disrespect for Indigenous peoples” and conveys a message that strong Indigenous women are “bad.”
- The president of the Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) said the organization was “disappointed” by Bennett’s comments.
- “Our relationship with the Ministry of Crown-Indigenous Relations has devolved into one of dysfunction and distrust and we have recently asked for a full reset. We hope that statements like the one made by the Minister do not signal a further decline in that relationship,” Lorraine Whitman said in a written statement, citing a lack of consultation on implementing the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People.
- Earlier this month, NWAC took a step back from Ottawa’s efforts to draft a national action plan in response to an inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. The organization announced an action plan of its own, saying it had informed Bennett of its intent to “respectfully withdraw” from the process due to the government’s “fundamentally flawed” approach to fulfilling the inquiry’s calls to justice.
- In response, the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs joined a growing list of Indigenous groups and politicians calling for the resignation of Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett. Grand Chief Arlen Dumas said it very pointedly: "I think she should find other things to do. Those comments are very inflammatory. At the moment, we're discovering unmarked mass graves all throughout the country. That's what our minister should be focused on."
- The Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs has also called on Bennett to resign, telling the minister it is "deeply disturbed and disgusted by the extreme callousness, spite, and ignorance you have shown through the racist message."
- Trudeau also said at the time that Bennett would remain at her post despite calls for her resignation because there is "more work for her to do" on the Indigenous file: Trudeau said: "What minister Bennett did was wrong. It was hurtful. And of course I am deeply disappointed. I spoke with Carolyn Bennett this morning. I know how hard she has worked and continues to work on this important file. I know her heart. I know the efforts she has put in over years on this. And we both understand there is now even more work for her to do. And I know we will do it together."
- So, because Trudeau "knows her heart", whatever that means, this self-sabotaging minister remains on, in a portfolio that needs the best right now, at a time that is crucial for the future of Indigenous relations in Canada. Clearly she needs to be replaced. If an election is called, then I call on voters all across the country to help replace her, and the prime minister that refused to do so.
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Arson - the criminal act of deliberately setting fire to property
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"When I got there, I quickly realized I was a token. I was there to attend events with her so [Bennett] had a First Nations staffer with her, she wasn't just bringing her white staff. My voice was never heard … my experience never mattered, it seemed, because they were white and they had been to a First Nation community, they knew more ... they had better knowledge." - A former staffer on their time in the office of Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett
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Episode Title: Assault and Pepper Spray
Teaser: Trudeau faces calls to bring Afghan interpreters to Canada, BC’s 150th anniversary of Confederation is forgotten, and Alberta calls for pepper spray. Also, Carolyn Bennett’s former staff detail the sabotage she has done to Indigenous relations.
Recorded Date: July 23, 2021
Release Date: July 25, 2021
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