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Indigenous people erected a teepee on traditional Algonquin land reminding the world as Canada celebrated its 150th birthday that the land was, and is, Algonquin territory. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his wife dropped by the teepee for half an hour speaking to those there. Trudeau is raising expectations but on the ground indigenous people aren’t seeing the change. Within a week of announcing his cabinet Trudeau announced a Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women’s Inquiry. “Inaction” on a national tragedy “ends today,” said Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett. Trudeau pledged to implement all 94 recommendations in the Truth and Reconciliation report. The moves drew indigenous people’s attention. Maybe, the Canadian/indigenous climate was changing. But while indigenous people sat in a teepee on Parliament Hill with the countrys’ leader, the commander…

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