Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs head expresses “concerns” over national council for reconciliation

By Dave Baxter  Local Journalism Initiative Reporter The Grand Chief of the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs (AMC) says Indigenous leaders in Manitoba have concerns about a bill that would see a national council for reconciliation established, and she is asking that several changes be made to the bill before it is passed into law. According to a Monday media release, AMC Grand Chief Cathy Merrick and other AMC representatives recently participated in the Standing Senate Committee on Indigenous Peoples’ study of Bill C-29, a proposed act that would provide for the establishment of a national council for reconciliation. Merrick said that AMC has five “main concerns” regarding the bill, and the organization has suggested several amendments that could address them, including asking that the national council be “independent of government…

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