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Justin Trudeau to introduce Indigenous Languages Act

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau holds a press conference at the National Press Theatre in Ottawa on Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau holds a press conference at the National Press Theatre in Ottawa on Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick.

GATINEAU, Que. – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the government will introduce an Indigenous Languages Act in hopes of preserving and revitalizing First Nations, Metis and Inuit languages in Canada.

Trudeau made the announcement during a special assembly of First Nations leaders.

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He says Canada’s first First Nations school board agreement in Manitoba is expected to be signed later this month.

Trudeau says Canadians are working in unison to correct historical wrongs and to deal with the intergenerational trauma of indigenous people.

Chiefs from across Canada have gathered for three days of meetings to discuss a range of issues, including resource development, aboriginal suicide and missing and murdered indigenous women.

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Trudeau remains under pressure from indigenous leaders to address the level of funding of child welfare services on reserves in the wake of a ruling from the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal.