Prime min­is­ter also meets with the Saskatoon Tribal Coun­cil

Truro Daily News - - CANADA - By Bill gRave­land

Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau says now, more than ever, Canadians must stand to­gether against racism and Is­lam­o­pho­bia.

Trudeau made the com­ments in Saskatoon while de­liv­er­ing re­marks rec­og­niz­ing the be­gin­ning of Eid al-Adha, a Mus­lim hol­i­day.

“Whether we are in a big city or a small town, we must con­tinue to stand to­gether, united against racism, ha­tred and Is­lam­o­pho­bia,” Trudeau told the crowd. “This is just who we are as Canadians. We are there for each other. We stand up for each other.”

Trudeau thanked those gath­ered for their in­ter­faith work and com­mu­nity building, call­ing it truly im­por­tant.

The prime min­is­ter also met Fri­day with the Saskatoon Tribal Coun­cil, which de­liv­ers so­cial pro­grams and ser­vices to seven First Na­tions within a 200-kilo­me­tre ra­dius of Saskatoon. Trudeau an­nounced in a cab­i­net shuf­fle this week that he is pre­par­ing to shift his gov­ern­ment’s handling of the In­dige­nous Af­fairs file, a plan de­signed to lead to the even­tual creation of two sep­a­rate min­istries to re­place the ex­ist­ing depart­ment.

“This is an im­por­tant part of the work we have to do to­gether,” Trudeau said af­ter tak­ing part in Prime Min­ster Justin Trudeau is greeted by mem­bers of the Saskatoon Tribal Coun­cil at White Buf­falo Youth Lodge in Saskatoon.

a smudge cer­e­mony.

“It’s a big job for Canada. It’s a big job for In­dige­nous and nonIndige­nous peo­ple and we walk for­ward on the path of real rec­on­cil­i­a­tion and part­ner­ship and friend­ship and shared re­spon­si­bil­i­ties. It’s not some­thing we can do on our own. It is some­thing that must be driven by, led by this part­ner­ship.

It’s an op­por­tu­nity to sit down and hear from you, lis­ten to con­cerns and talk about how we’re go­ing to move for­ward to­gether.”

Tribal coun­cil Chief Felix Thomas said rec­on­cil­i­a­tion won’t be pos­si­ble with­out co-op­er­a­tion.

“It’s go­ing to be hard work and no one side can do it. We can’t do it all alone on our First Na­tions

side,” Thomas said. “We do have a part­ner on ac­count of treaty rights and that part­ner is Canada and we need to work to­gether.”

Trudeau was sched­uled to take part in a dis­cus­sion with co-op stu­dents at the Gor­don Oaks Red Bear Stu­dent Cen­tre at the Uni­ver­sity of Saskatchew­an be­fore he left for White­horse.

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