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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's government should demonstrate the leadership that is very much needed at this critical and potentially pivotal moment, write Alex Neve and France-Isabelle Langlois. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

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Prime minister faces an unprecedented opportunity to break with decades of failure

The past several weeks have brought the deeply disappointing state of reconciliation and regard for the rights of Indigenous peoples in Canada to the fore with a degree of urgency rarely witnessed. Right across the country, protests of resistance and of solidarity by Indigenous peoples and non-Indigenous communities, sparked by deep concern about the construction of the Coastal GasLink Pipeline through Wet’suwet’en Territory in British Columbia, have led to a national conversation about rights, reconciliation, the economy and the environment, that has been both troubling and encouraging.

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