The Current

The Current for Sept. 30, 2021

Today on The Current: Jody Wilson-Raybould talks about reconciliation and her time in government; Federal Court upholds landmark compensation; Youth say more needs to be done on climate change; and Murray Sinclair on the deaths of children in residential schools, and helping survivors
Matt Galloway is the host of CBC Radio's The Current. (CBC)

Full Episode Transcript

Today on The Current:

Jody Wilson-Raybould says she's well aware of the importance of symbolism as Canada marks its first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. But she said that symbols and words alone will not be enough to push forward true reconciliation. In an interview with Matt Galloway, she talks about the day, her time in government, and her new book, Indian in the Cabinet, Speaking Truth to Power.

Also, the Federal Court today dismissed an application for a judicial review of a landmark human rights tribunal compensation order for First Nations children — leaving the federal government on the hook for billions of dollars in compensation related to the child welfare system. We'll hear from Cindy Blackstock, executive director of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society, as well as Natasha Reimer-Okemow. She was put into the child welfare system in Manitoba when she was just one year old. 

Plus, Vancouver's Shakti Ramkumar is calling for more action on climate change. She's in Milan, Italy, at the Youth4climate meeting. She's joined by hundreds of young climate leaders, hoping their voices will snap world leaders to attention. Ramkumar is the director of communications and policy at Student Energy.

And Senator Murray Sinclair led the Truth and Reconciliation Commission that examined the atrocities of the Residential school system and the lasting impact on Indigenous people in Canada. He was a trailblazer through his legal career and the first Indigenous justice in Manitoba. We revisit his conversation with Matt Galloway from earlier this year.