Meet your new Indian Affairs Minister
John Duncan has replaced Chuck Strahl as Minister of Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC).
Duncan had previously served as Strahl’s parliamentary secretary at INAC.
Strahl – who many had believed was going to be the new Government House Leader – has taken over John Baird’s spot as Minister of Transport (who in turn has taken over as Government House Leader).
Inuit Tapririit Kanatami (ITK) leader Mary Simon issued a press release congratulating the new Minister, but there has so far been no reaction from the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) or other leaders.
UPDATE: AFN National Chief Shawn Atleo has issued a press release, welcoming the new INAC Minister:
“I extend an invitation for us to meet as soon as possible to begin setting out an agenda aimed at building stronger First Nations and a stronger Canada.”
5 thoughts on “Meet your new Indian Affairs Minister”
Great. Another white dude without a hot clue on how to deal with the myriad of issues facing First Nations, Inuit and Metis who are struggling with the legacy of colonization. And a conservative one at that. He's not going to do anything because I predict this government falls in November.
I'm curious whether folks think an 'Indian' (or a Metis or Inuit MP) should run the Indian Affairs department. Has that ever happened federally?
Close but no cigar.
Leonard Marchard was parliamentary secretary to Minister of Indian & Northern Affairs Jean Chretien in 1974.
Bit of history: The Department of Indian & Northern Affairs began in 1966, prior to that (1950-1964) Indian Affairs was a part of Citizen & Immigration. Prior to that, (1936-1950) it was rolled in with the Interior & Mines, aaaaaaaaand prior to that (1878-1936) there were Superintendents-General of Indian Affairs.
Fascinating, isn't it?