Mi’kmaq lawyer and activist calls for unity between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people

There was a full house to hear Dr. Pamela Palmater at the Centre for Dialogue in Vancouver on Sept. 24. The public forum was hosted by the Institute for the Humanities at Simon Fraser University.

Palmater told the audience Canada is currently in “a state of the emergency” and that if people don’t act now, “irreparable harm will be done to the environment, the economy, and the basic democratic and human rights of Canadians.”

In an interview with Ricochet, Palmater answered questions on the dangers of Bill C-51 and highlighted how the unification of Indigenous people, environmentalists and regular Canadians is the greatest fear of the Harper regime, and perhaps the best bet for a positive future for all.

“I don’t want Canadians to suffer what we have, what I am saying is what happens to First Nations will happen to Canadians if we don’t stop this government right now.”

This report was produced by the Indigenous Reporting Fund at Ricochet.