Before anything else, First Nations in Canada require economic empowerment

Much ado was made recently about a British Columbia grand chief’s refusal to participate in a planned royal “reconciliation” ceremony with Prince William in Victoria.The ceremony involved a staff and a ring and was meant to symbolize the relationship between the Crown, Canada, and B.C., but also indigenous peoples in Canada.“In good conscience, I cannot participate in the Black Rod ceremony. The suffering in our communities is too great,” said Grand Chief Stewart Phillip in a news release.Phillip also criticized the slow pace of change under the new Liberal government, which has been in power for more than a year

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