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Ottawa will appoint commissioner to oversee treaties with Indigenous Peoples: Trudeau

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says his government is planning to create a new agent of Parliament to oversee modern treaty implementation.

PM says new commissioner will ensure government is held to account on agreements

Self Governing Indigenous Governments President Eva Clayton applauds Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as he speaks at the Self Governing Indigenous Governments meetings, Thursday, May 2, 2024 in Gatineau, Que.
Self Governing Indigenous Governments President Eva Clayton applauds Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as he speaks at the Self Governing Indigenous Governments meetings on Thursday, May 2, 2024 in Gatineau, Que. (Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press)

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Thursday his government is planning to create a new agent of Parliament to oversee modern treaty implementation.

He said the new commissioner will ensure government is held to account on agreements, regardless of who is in power in Ottawa.

He spoke to delegates at a leaders’ forum for self-governing Indigenous governments in Gatineau, Que.

The government is planning to wrap up consultations on the role by late June, table legislation after that and budget $10.6 million over four years to support the commissioner’s work.

WATCH | Trudeau announces creation of commissioner for Modern Treaty Implementation

Trudeau announces creation of commissioner for Modern Treaty Implementation

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the commissioner will conduct reviews and audits to ensure the government and future governments ‘are held to account on the implementation of the modern treaties.’

Chief Robert Louie of Westbank First Nation spoke alongside Trudeau at the morning event.

He said  the move is an important step forward in renewing Crown-Indigenous relations.

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