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Why local Indigenous leaders literally stood to hold Canada’s PM accountable – CBC

Indigenous issues centre stage town hall attended by 2,300 people and several loud hecklers

Jan 12, 2018

Every time Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was faced with a question related to Indigenous issues at Thursday’s town hall, Oneida Nation of the Thames Chief Randall Phillips stood before him in silence.

“I wanted to be a visible reminder to that prime minister that he has to be careful with his [answers]. Our people are watching and they know everything is not perfect,” said Phillips, who stood up four times throughout the event.

Trudeau received some 14 questions — and backlash from two hecklers — at Western University on Thursday.

Several people questioned Trudeau about the human rights of Indigenous peoples. They focused on issues related to the underfunding in health care and education, inaccessibility to clean water and lack of employment in Indigenous communities.

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