Indigenous communities have to lead before Ottawa hands over funding, says Justin Trudeau

With the Liberal government under pressure to increase funding for children in indigenous communities, the prime minister says his government has the money and is ready to act – it’s the communities that need to articulate their needs and establish their ability to deliver the required services. “A lot of indigenous communities haven’t had the opportunity yet to take that responsibility, to actually think about how they can and must deliver,” Justin Trudeau said Tuesday while speaking with journalists in Ottawa. A landmark ruling from the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal in January 2016 found First Nations are adversely affected by the social services provided and, in some cases, are denied services. The ruling from the quasi-judicial body, which is legally binding, found the inadequate funding is a form of discrimination….

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