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[Comment] Canada’s efforts to ensure the health and wellbeing of Indigenous peoples

In September, 2017, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stood before the UN General Assembly and acknowledged that the “failure of successive Canadian governments to respect the rights of Indigenous peoples in Canada is our great shame.”1 For generations, First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples in Canada were denied the right to self-determination and subjected to laws, policies, and practices based on domination and assimilation. Indigenous peoples lost control over their own lives.

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