Canada announced Wednesday that it will embark on an overhaul of the way the federal government deals with the country’s indigenous population, Anadolu Agency reports.
“We need to both recognize and implement indigenous rights,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in a speech to the federal House of Commons in Ottawa.
The government will work hand in glove with indigenous peoples to try to solve the endemic problems of their communities such as high suicide rates among youth, unsafe drinking water and a lack of adequate housing.
“All of these things demand real, positive action -- action that must include the full recognition and implementation of indigenous rights,” Trudeau said.
“We need to get to a place where indigenous peoples in Canada are in control of their own destiny, making their own decisions about the future.”
The federal changes come at a time when Canadians are grappling with how indigenous people have been historically treated.