Indigenous protests put Justin Trudeau’s good intentions on a collision course with reality

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Discussion posted by: Rebeater

It’s still in the mandate letters that Justin Trudeau has been giving to cabinet ministers since he was elected in 2015: “There remains no more important relationship to me and to Canada than the one with Indigenous peoples.” Substitute the word “impossible” for “important” and that sentence adequately sums up where that relationship appears to stand this week. Trudeau is not the first Canadian prime minister to be met with massive roadblocks — literal and figurative — in his relations with Indigenous people, but he is the most heavily invested. Sometime in the distant future, when he’s reflecting on his legacy, Trudeau will no doubt reflect on whether the investment was worth it.