Justin Trudeau to meet with premiers, Indigenous leaders Oct. 3

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will meet with premiers and Indigenous leaders next month with the environment and economic development at the top of the agenda. The meeting will be held in the National Capital Region on Oct. 3.

Environment, clean economic growth will top the agenda for gathering in National Capital Region

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, left, and Perry Bellegarde, national chief of the Assembly of First Nations, celebrate the newly named National Indigenous Peoples Day in Ottawa on June 21. Trudeau will meet with Indigenous leaders and premiers on Oct. 3 in the National Capital Region. (Sean Kilpatrick/Canadian Press)

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will meet with premiers and Indigenous leaders next month with environmentally friendly economic development at the top of the agenda.

The meeting will be held in the National Capital Region on Oct. 3.

A news release from the prime minister's office said federal, provincial and territorial governments have been working on a pan-Canadian framework on clean growth and climate change since their last meeting on Dec. 9, 2016.

"A prosperous Canada depends on a strong partnership between the federal government and the provinces and territories," Trudeau said in the statement. "I look forward to sitting down with premiers to discuss ways we can build on Canada's economic growth and create good, middle class jobs in every region of the country."

The Prime Minister's Office confirmed that there will be three meetings: one with the prime minister and premiers; another with the prime minister and Indigenous leaders; and a third with Trudeau, premiers and the Indigenous leaders. The format and duration of the meetings have not been finalized.

In July, leaders of three Indigenous organizations boycotted the Council of the Federation meetings in Edmonton, because they were scheduled to take part in separate meetings rather than participate in all sessions as full members.

At the time, National Chief Perry Bellegarde of the Assembly of First Nations, President Natan Obed of the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami and President Clément Chartier of the Métis National Council held a news conference to criticize the format, insisting it was an attempt to sideline and marginalize Indigenous involvement.