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The West Block: Jan. 8, 2023 | Advancing Indigenous rights and surging anti-LGBTQ political rhetoric

Missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls, the harm of residential schools, and other Indigenous-focused stories made headlines across the country this year, but sustained action on these issues fell short. ‘The West Block’ host Mercedes Stephenson spoke with Métis National Council President Cassidy Caron to reflect on the progress made towards reconciliation in 2022, and the work that must be done to move forward on Indigenous priorities in 2023. Plus, Stephenson sits down with Fae Johnstone, Wisdom2Action executive director, and Kyne Santos, the math whiz from ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race Canada,’ to discuss the alarming rise in anti-trans and anti-gay hate fuelled by misinformation and polarized political rhetoric.