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Federal leaders’ debate Indigenous rights, divided on UNDRIP – APTN News

September 13, 2019

Indigenous issues featured prominently in Thursday evening’s leaders’ debate hosted by Maclean’s Magazine.

Three of the four major party leaders discussed child welfare, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, the drinking water crisis, the duty to consult and the principle of free, prior and informed consent.

Justin Trudeau, who has maintained throughout his first mandate that there’s no relationship more important to his government than the one with Indigenous peoples, did not attend the debate, which featured a 20-minute question-and-answer period for party leaders.

Thursday’s debate saw a sharp divide between the Green Party and NDP on one side, and the Conservatives on the other, on key issues around Indigenous rights.

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