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January 23rd 2023
The New Democratic Party concluded its caucus retreat on Friday, agreeing on several priorities for Indigenous Peoples, including housing, accountability for missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls, and two-spirited peoples (MMIWG2S+), and climate adaptation for Indigenous nations.
Canada’s National Observer caught up with Blake Desjarlais, MP for Edmonton Griesbach, and Lori Idlout, MP for Nunavut, two of the party’s three Indigenous caucus members. Both made time to discuss what the party will push for in its leveraged role within the Liberal-NDP deal that seeks to keep the current government in power until 2025.
The funding approved for Indigenous housing in last year’s budget wasn’t enough, Idlout said. The last budget allocated $60 million over two years for Nunavut, which Idlout called “a drop in the bucket,” adding community organizations aren’t getting the funding they need.
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