The Liberal government’s key 2015 election commitments included renewing the nation-to-nation relationship with Indigenous Peoples, and committing to the 94 calls to action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. There were vows to transition away from the Indian Act, through a new approach to recognizing the inherent rights of First Nations. But as the next election approaches, how much meaningful change has actually occurred in this critically important policy area?
Last year the Canadian government purchased the Trans Mountain pipeline, paving the way for a significant expansion of its capacity. This purchase was recognized by Alberta and the energy sector as a major step forward in building crucial energy infrastructure to generate economic gains for the country.