Speech from the throne promises new era for Aboriginal Relations

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The newly elected Liberal government is heralding what it hopes will be a new era of mutual co-operation and respect with Canada’s Aboriginal Peoples.

In today’s speech from the  throne, delivered by Gov. Gen. David Johnston, the government says it hopes to forge a new “nation-to-nation” relationship with the country’s First Nations, Metis and Inuit.

Johnston says the government will work jointly to implement recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, which explored the tragic legacy of Canada’s defunct residential school system.

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First and foremost among those recommendations will be an inquiry into the phenomenon of missing and murdered aboriginal women.

The speech also says the government will work with First Nations to ensure every child receives a quality education.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is set to address a special chiefs assembly in Ottawa next Tuesday hosted by the Assembly of First Nations.

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