Prime Minister Justin Trudeau addressed the United Nations General Assembly on Thursday (21st).
He didn’t sugar coat the fact that the treatment of First Nations has been one of humiliation, abuse and neglect.
Trudeau noted Canada continues to work on fixing the mistakes the country has made in its history.
He pointed to solutions such as better infrastructure on reserves, better housing, signing of the UN Declaration on Indigenous Peoples and a dismantling of the old Indian Affairs department.
Overall his speech primarily focused on Canada’s mistreatment of Indigenous peoples.
Some, if not most, expected his speech to also focus on peace keeping and Canada’s bid to join the U.N. Security Council.
Trudeau was questioned on that very notion.
“I wanted to highlight a strong issue that demonstrates that we take seriously our responsibilities of living up to the 20-30 goals both internally and around the world,” the Prime Minister explained. “And hope to spur real action by everyone.”