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The Living Tree: Contemporary Issues in Canadian Federalism Series

Federalism Structures and Relationships with Indigenous Peoples

Ji Yoon Han, Danielle White, Darcy Gray, Catherine MacQuarrie and Martin Papillon February 16, 2023

This episode of the podcast explores how federalism interacts with Indigenous governance. Moderated by Danielle White, Assistant Deputy Minister of Strategic Policy and Partnerships and ISC Evaluation, the conversation features Darcy Gray, Former Chief of Listuguj Mi’gmaq First Nation; Catherine MacQuarrie, Fellow at Carleton University’s School of Public Policy & Administration; and Martin Papillon, Professor of the University of Montreal.

It starts with a brief history of how Indigenous people and their governance structures have fit within Canadian federalism and how this relationship has evolved. We discuss the role of public servants in policy impacting Indigenous Peoples and the lived experiences of Indigenous leaders having to navigate relationships with other orders of government.

This episode was recorded during an online event held by the Canada School of Public Service and is the fourth instalment of a partnership between the school and the IRPP’s Centre for Excellence.

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About the Centre of Excellence on the Canadian Federation

The Centre of Excellence on the Canadian Federation is a permanent research body within the Institute for Research on Public Policy. Its mission is to build a deeper understanding of Canada as a federal community.

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