The 2015 federal election was Canada’s first after the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s 94 calls to action. Four years later, both the public discourse and the policy landscape have changed. Yet with critics arguing that many of the advances are symbolic, it’s clear Crown-Indigenous relations still have a ways to go.

Today on the podcast, K̓áwáziɫ Marilyn Slett (Heiltsuk Tribal Council), Brock Pitawanakwat (York University) and Hayden King (Yellowhead Institute) take stock of this crucial relationship: where it is now, how it has changed over the years and where it might go. Their conversation with Policy Options editor-in-chief Jennifer Ditchburn, introduced by Gilbert Whiteduck of the Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg First Nation, was recorded at Policy Options’ pre-election breakfast on April 2. The event was held in collaboration with the Yellowhead Institute, and our series is held in partnership with the Max Bell School of Public Policy.

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Photo: Jennifer Ditchburn, K̓áwáziɫ Marilyn Slett, Brock Pitawanakwat and Hayden King speak at the Rideau Club in Ottawa on April 2, 2019, for Policy Options’ pre-election breakfast on Crown-Indigenous relations. IRPP/Shirley Cardenas

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Marilyn Slett
K̓áwáziɫ (Marilyn Slett) is the elected chief of the Heiltsuk Tribal Council. She is also president of Coastal First Nations,  is on the board of directors of the British Columbia Assembly of First Nations and Vancouver Coastal Health and is the co-chair of the Wild Salmon Advisory Council to British Columbia.
Brock Pitawanakwat
Brock Pitawanakwat, an Anishinaabe from Whitefish River First Nation, is associate professor and program coordinator of Indigenous Studies in York University’s Department of Equity Studies. He is a research fellow with the Yellowhead Institute and a regular panellist with Media Indigena’s weekly round table.
Hayden King
Hayden King is Anishinaabe from Beausoleil First Nation on Gchi’mnissing in Huronia, Ontario. He is executive director of the Yellowhead Institute and adviser to the dean of arts on Indigenous education at Ryerson University, adjunct professor at Carleton University and senior fellow at Massey College.