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Murray Rankin says he was acting on behalf of Indigenous people in 1998 negotiations
Jul 08, 2021
Indigenous leaders are calling for an apology from B.C. Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation Minister Murray Rankin after learning of an internal memo that shows him advocating using money meant for residential school survivors as leverage in the 1998 treaty negotiations.
That year, the federal government had set aside $350 million to support community-based healing initiatives for residential school survivors in Inuit, First Nations and Métis communities.
Rankin was serving as the province’s lead treaty negotiator under Premier Mike Harcourt at the time.
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