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Committee grills minister on failure to support First Nations during climate emergencies – CBC

by ahnationtalk on March 21, 202362 Views

Mar 20, 2023

The government should be ashamed,’ says NDP MP Blake Desjarlais as committee examines audit

Members of Parliament accused Indigenous Services Minister Patty Hajdu of ducking accountability on Monday after the auditor general criticized her department’s ongoing failure to help First Nations deal with climate emergencies.

Hajdu began the week flanked by her top officials at the House of Commons public accounts committee in Ottawa as it studies Auditor General Karen Hogan’s 2022 audit of emergency management on reserves.

According to the audit, chronic problems identified nearly a decade ago remain unaddressed, putting First Nations at heightened risk of death and destruction from disasters like wildfires and floods.

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