“Indian” Affairs is gone, two departments replace it

Carolyn Bennett (left), minister of Crown-Indigenous relations and northern affairs and Indigenous Services Minister Jane Philpott take questions from media after a Liberal cabinet shuffle at Rideau Hall in Ottawa on Monday, Aug. 28, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

OTTAWA Indigenous Affairs and Northern Development (INAC) is gone and two seperate ministries with their own departments have replaced it. The announcement Monday also came with the move of First Nations and Inuit health services to Indigenous Services Minister Jane Philpott who will now oversee the delivery of First Nations and Inuit health services. the move comes after leadership criticism of the branch for its halding of the Aboriignal youth suicide crisis countrywide. Philpott heads the newly created Department of Indigenous Services (DISC). The Toronto-area minister oversees government programs dealing withstatus Indians that runs from the gamut from welfare, education, infrastructure — including the Liberal plan to end long-term water advisories — the non-insured health benefits program and housing. The First Nations and Inuit Health Branch (FNIHB) has been transferred…

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