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Phil Fontaine opens up about abuse

Don't be fooled by his soft-spoken and conciliatory manner. Phil Fontaine has been a dominant force in native politics since the 1970s. The Manitoba chief who once admitted to being petrified of public speaking was one of the first to speak publicly about residential school abuse. From masterminding the death of Meech Lake to dismantling the Department of Indian Affairs in Manitoba, the tenacious leader of Canada's most powerful native group has orchestrated key deals aimed at improving the quality of life for his people.

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Fontaine talks about the impact of his painful past.

Medium: Radio
Program: As It Happens
Broadcast Date: Nov. 5, 1990
Guest(s): Phil Fontaine
Host: Michael Enright, Alan Maitland
Duration: 6:40

Last updated: January 8, 2013

Page consulted on September 10, 2014

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