The Current

The Current for Sept. 18, 2021

Today on The Current: Indigenous advocates weigh up prime minister’s trip to Kamloops, and what it means for reconciliation; author Mary Roach examines the world of animal crime; and Australia moves to close refugee detention centre on Manus Island.
Matt Galloway is the host of CBC Radio's The Current. (CBC)

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Today on The Current

After facing criticism for how he spent the first ever National Day of Reconciliation, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will meet with the Tk'emlúps te Secwépemc Nation in Kamloops, B.C. on Monday. Does the trip signal a new beginning for reconciliation, or crisis management? Matt Galloway talks to Riley Yesno, a writer and Indigenous rights advocate; and Lynne Groulx, CEO of the Native Women Association of Canada. 

Plus, in her new book Fuzz: When Nature Breaks The Law, Mary Roach explores the world of animal crime. She says although we're trying all sorts of things to deal with human-wildlife conflict, we're mostly failing because it's human behaviour that needs to change. 

And the Australian government says it will close a controversial offshore refugee detention centre on Manus Island, Papua New Guinea. We discuss its legacy and impact on those detained there with Thanus Selvarasa, who spent six and a half years on Manus Island; and the similar facilities that still exist with Professor Nando Sigona, chair of International Migration and Forced Displacement at the University of Birmingham.