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Veterans say they are in ‘combat against our own government’

A group of Canadian veterans and their supporters is expected to show up on Parliament Hill on Thursday to protest what they call unfair treatment at the hands of the federal government.

READ MORE: Trudeau should apologize for ‘insulting’ comments on veterans, Conservatives say. A veteran in Edmonton, Brock Blaszczyk, recently confronted Trudeau directly on the issue of pensions for injured servicemen and women, leading the prime minister to explain that although Ottawa is moving to spread financial assistance out over veterans’ lifetimes and offering new programs, those who have taken the government to court “are asking for more than we are able to give right now.”. Veterans Affairs Minister O’Regan defended his government’s plan repeatedly in the House of Commons last week, citing examples of how it would apply in individual situations. “A corporal who served five years in the regular forces and suffered 100 per cent disability is entitled to nearly $6,000 a month in benefits, an additional $1,000 a month for caregiver support, nearly $72,000 through the critical injury benefit, and additional financial assistance to modify her vehicle and her home to meet her needs,” O’Regan said.

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Time for 'rights-based approach' to Indigenous affairs, PM Trudeau says

"I think it's time we recognize that a rights-based approach to Indigenous issues and to a partnership with Indigenous Peoples to reconciliation is what we have to do," Trudeau said Wednesday on his way into the weekly Liberal caucus meeting. "We have a constitution that created a space for Indigenous rights, but over the past decades, we haven't done a very good job of putting those rights at the forefront of all our decision-making and all our engagement with them."


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Trudeau Liberals to announce new legislative framework on Indigenous rights

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says it’s time for a new way to advance the rights of Indigenous Peoples in Canada – and to start taking them seriously.

The message comes ahead of a speech Trudeau will deliver in the House of Commons, where he is expected to lay out the Liberal government’s plans for a new legislative framework on Indigenous rights. The Liberal government began signalling this new approach last summer, when Trudeau announced that Carolyn Bennett, who had been in charge of the Indigenous Affairs Department since 2015, would be joined on the file by former health minister Jane Philpott.


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Trudeau’s comments on Boushie case may have ‘tainted’ a potential appeal process: lawyer

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is under fire after comments he made about the controversial Colten Boushie trial, with a legal expert saying his words could have a corrosive effect on a potential appeal process.

Tories accuse Trudeau of ‘political interference’ after comments on Boushie case. On Friday, Saskatchewan farmer, Gerald Stanley was found not-guilty of second-degree murder in the death of 22-year-old Boushie, a resident of the Red Pheasant First Nation.


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Boushie family calls for justice reforms

On Friday, a jury acquitted white farmer Gerald Stanley, 56, of second-degree murder in the shooting death of Colten Boushie, 22.. "Justice for Colten" became a rallying cry for the protests that swept across Canada.

His cousin, Jade Tootoosis, told journalists in Ottawa on Monday that representation on juries is among the issues the family is raising with members of Mr Trudeau's Cabinet and other politicians.


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Boushie verdict: No justice without Indigenous people in the system, says lawyer

Public comments made by political leaders about the verdict in the Colten Boushie case can’t undermine the justice system when it comes to Indigenous people because it is already fundamentally broken, says a Native lawyer.

Pam Palmater, associate professor and chair in Indigenous Governance at Ryerson University, says a lack of Indigenous people working within the justice system means they face systematic racism as victims and accused.



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