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28 April 2016 - Justin Trudeau takes questions from First Nations students

Publié par Marion Coste le 28/04/2016
Why do we live so badly, aboriginal youth ask Canada's Trudeau
(Today Online, 28/04/2016)


Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who is used to adoring welcomes and requests for selfies, on Wednesday had a tougher public encounter when aboriginal students pressed him on their poor living conditions.
Trudeau's Liberal Party came to power last November promising to rebuild ties with Canada's 1.4 million aboriginals, or First Nations, many of whom are mired in poverty and crime and suffer from bad health.
"Why do you allow the first people of this land to endure and live in Third World conditions?" asked one female student, referring to "the acts of genocide" aboriginals had been subjected to for centuries at the hands of settlers.

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Living conditions

First Nations student presses Trudeau on Third World living conditions
(CTV News, 27/04/2016)
A First Nations high school student in Saskatoon is giving the prime minister a failing grade for one of his answers.
Grade 12 student Tahris Bear asked Justin Trudeau at an event at her school Wednesday how he'll right the wrongs faced by Canada's indigenous peoples and why he allows them to live in Third World conditions.
Trudeau said Ottawa can't fix the situation on its own, adding that previous, well-meaning federal governments tried, but with horrible consequences.

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Saskatoon

Trudeau to stop in Saskatoon Wednesday
Andrea Hill (Saskatoon Star Phoenix, 26/04/2016)
The Liberal leader is scheduled to visit Oskayak High School in the morning to meet students from the Aboriginal Youth Entrepreneurship Program, and then he’s expected to chat with students from the YWCA Trade Journey program.
Trudeau is scheduled to wrap up his day in the Bridge City by meeting with Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall in the evening — their first meeting since Wall was re-elected earlier this month.
Wall has said he wants to talk about the gap between on- and off-reserve education funding, support for pipelines and expanded employment insurance benefits.

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History

'This is history in the making': Sask. First Nations leaders meet with Justin Trudeau
(CBS NEws, 26/04/2016)
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Tuesday emphasized the importance of listening and meeting with First Nations leaders in order to build better relationships that will benefit the entire country.​
Trudeau made the comments in Fort Qu'Appelle, Sask., on Tuesday night when he met with a group from the File Hills Qu'Appelle Tribal Council and several Saskatchewan chiefs.
"We had a good, respectful, and productive conversation," Trudeau said. "I think it's critically important that politicians take the time to listen. I don't want to pretend that any of us have the answers to the challenges facing Indigenous peoples in Canada. But what I will tell you is that as a country, we can build those answers."
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"28 April 2016 - Justin Trudeau takes questions from First Nations students", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), avril 2016. Consulté le 23/04/2021. URL: http://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/key-story/archives-revue-de-presse-2016/28-april-2016-justin-trudeau-takes-questions-from-first-nations-students