AFN: Chiefs weary of foot dragging; Trudeau pleads for patience

Prime Minister Trudeau receives jacket from AFN leader Perry Bellegarde.

By Teresa Wright THE CANADIAN PRESS GATINEAU, Que-Prime Minister Justin Trudeau reaffirmed his commitment to enhanced, robust Indigenous rights laqst Wednesday as he pleaded for more patience from senior Aboriginal leaders, but his rhetoric rang hollow to a number of chiefs still staunchly opposed to the Kinder Morgan pipeline. Trudeau kicked off Day 2 of the Assembly of First Nations annual meeting with a speech aimed at easing some of Indigenous community’s growing frustration with his Liberal government, a sentiment that was clear from the question-and-answer session that followed. Rushing headlong to action for action’s sake is not the answer, Trudeau said when he was pressed to commit to taking tangible, measurable steps towards meeting his promises to First Peoples in Canada. “I get the underlying impatience about these issues…

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