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Former TRC commissioner proposes path for Ottawa to avoid showdown over Indigenous rights bill – CBC

Ontario chiefs say they plan to stop Ottawa’s proposed Indigenous rights framework ‘at all costs’

Posted: Sep 12, 2018

A former commissioner for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission says Ottawa should base its proposed Indigenous rights framework on a First Nations-drafted law as a starting point.

Wilton Littlechild, who is now grand chief of Treaty 6 in Alberta, said he believes there’s still time to take advantage of the federal Liberal government’s desire to pass legislation to implement Indigenous rights — affirmed in section 35 of the Constitution — in federal law.

However, given the stakes, Littlechild said Ottawa should be basing their proposal on a First Nations-drafted law instead of the other way around.

“This is about us, this is about our rights,” said Littlechild, in an interview with CBC News.

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