A big catalyst is Interior Secretary Deb Haaland, the first Indigenous cabinet member in US history.
WASHINGTON — The president of the National Congress of American Indians says Canada’s progress on Indigenous issues is helping push the United States in the same direction.
Fawn Sharp says it’s no coincidence that the United States is increasingly taking its investigations of residential schools and missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls seriously.
The other big catalyst, of course, is Interior Secretary Deb Haaland, the first Indigenous cabinet member in US history.
Haaland launched an in-depth investigation into former residential schools less than a month after what are believed to be human remains were found at the site of a residential school in British Columbia last year.
Now Haaland has set his sights on the disproportionately high rate of unsolved murders and disappearances in what the United States calls Indian Country.
Sharp says she expects indigenous communities in Canada, the United States and Mexico to work together in the future to ensure the issue is resolved in all three countries.
This report from The Canadian Press was first published on August 5, 2022.
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