Call it Liberal Live: Assembly of First Nations edition – and you’ve got a front row seat.
Starting Wednesday, July 18, from 10am to 5pm ET the Liberal Party of Canada’s Aboriginal People’s Commission will be hosting a special edition of Liberal Live from the Assembly of First Nations Annual General Assembly in Toronto.
Throughout the day you’ll hear from an array of guests, including Liberal Environment Critic Kirsty Duncan, First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada Executive Director Cindy Blackstock, candidates for National Chief, and more.
And later, from 7 to 8pm, I hope you will join me for our inaugural Liberal.ca Critics Corner webcast. It will be your chance to ask me any question you want in my capacity as Liberal Critic for Aboriginal Affairs.
As First Nations people come together in Toronto, we will bring you evolving coverage of how we, as Liberals, can work together to help address key issues confronting First Nations communities across the country.
This much is clear: the Harper government is failing First Nations and Indigenous Peoples.
A failure to live up to historical, treaty and legal commitments. Systematic under-funding of child welfare services and education. A national crisis in food security that has left tens of thousands of Aboriginal families unable to afford basic necessities like bread, milk and sugar.
Each of these issues share a common thread: a lack of political will by this Conservative government to listen to First Nations, Inuit and Métis and work with them to do what it takes to solve the chronic obstacles to growth, hope and opportunity facing Aboriginal Peoples.
For Liberals this is an opportunity to facilitate a fruitful dialogue based on respect, trust and cooperation.
The landmark Kelowna Accord was the recipe for how to do it right: Nation-to-nation. Setting objectives together. Moving forward progressively. Succeeding together.
Establishing the Truth and Reconciliation Commission demonstrated this political will is possible. Liberals will remind this government that words must be followed by actions.
Dr. Carolyn Bennett
Liberal Aboriginal Affairs Critic