Justin Trudeau’s treatment of an Indigenous protester reminds us of what’s worth being truly angry about | Chantal Hébert

by Roxanne Dubois last modified 2019-03-29T19:29:07-04:00
"More than 40 years have elapsed since the July morning when I edited reports about the mercury contamination of the English-Wabigoon river system. I am confounded by the notion that the issue is as alive today as it was then, and by what that says about how this country fails its Indigenous peoples. Canada has had more than half-a-dozen prime ministers since the situation came to light under Pierre Trudeau’s government, and more than 20 ministers of the environment and Indian Affairs. Over the same period, Ontario has been governed by parties of three political stripes, including some who professed deep commitments to the environment and/or to the welfare of the First Nations. And still those Indigenous communities struggle with the consequences of mercury poisoning and have to fight for every inch of government help they get."
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