With billions of dollars at stake, Canada can’t afford to fail at Indigenous reconciliation – Toronto Star

by ahnationtalk on February 14, 202091 Views

Feb. 13, 2020

If governments need another reason to settle with Indigenous communities and figure out once and for all who controls what land, they need only look at their own books.

Thursday’s shutdown of rail service for passengers across Canada and for cargo in half the country is only a sliver of the cost of conflict between the federal government and Indigenous communities.

Ottawa has socked away at least $15 billion to deal with legal challenges from Indigenous communities, according to the 2019 public accounts.

That’s the amount Ottawa expects to pay out sooner or later for comprehensive and specific land claims, and it’s an amount that materially affects the government’s bottom line.

Read More: https://www.thestar.com/politics/political-opinion/2020/02/13/with-billions-of-dollars-at-stake-canada-cant-afford-to-fail-at-indigenous-reconciliation.html

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