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Karen Restoule: The Trudeau government wants to give ‘land back’ to Indigenous Peoples. What does that even mean? – The Hub

May 8, 2024

Is this a real plan to fix past wrongs, or just another case of re-packaging failed Indigenous policies?

The term “land back” isn’t just something you hear from activists yelling at rallies anymore. It’s now coming from the top tiers of government.

When Liberal MP Marc Miller first took office as the Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs in October 2021, he didn’t waste any time making a splash. At his very first press conference, he announced rather casually that “The relationship has been broken because of land theft and it’s time to give land back.”

The statement was sweeping and bold—and understandably intimidating and confusing to many. For years now, Canadians have heard activists calling for the return of vast swaths of territory to Indigenous Peoples—what they consider as payback for land stolen by the Europeans. It undoubtedly had some worrying if they’d soon have to hand over their property.

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