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9 MPs form Liberal government's Indigenous caucus

Nine First Nation, Inuit and Métis MPs have formed the Liberal government's new Indigenous caucus — the largest in Canada's history, according to chair Don Rusnak.

'We are by no means the final say on Indigenous perspectives, but we are a starting point'

Don Rusnak will chair the newly announced Liberal Indigenous caucus. (Submitted by Don Rusnak)

Nine First Nation, Inuit and Métis MPs have formed the Liberal government's new Indigenous caucus, the party announced on Tuesday.

A record number of Indigenous MPs were elected in the most recent federal election: nine Liberals and two New Democrats.

Chairman Don Rusnak said in a release that the caucus will advocate for Indigenous issues, adding that he believes it to be the largest of its kind in Canadian history.

The caucus members include: 

  • Don Rusnak, Thunder Bay-Rainy River.
  • Jody Wilson-Raybould, Vancouver-Granville.
  • Yvonne Jones, Labrador-Newfoundland.
  • Randy Boissonnault, Edmonton Centre.
  • Robert-Falcon Ouellette, Winnipeg Centre.
  • Marc Serré, Nickel Belt.
  • Michael McLeod, Northwest Territories.
  • Dan Vandal, St. Boniface-St. Vital.
  • Vance Badawey, Niagara Centre.

"We have had people approach us individually for advice on bills or programming, and we decided it would be more effective to work together as a group," Rusnak said. "We are by no means the final say on Indigenous perspectives, but we are a starting point."

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