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Canada is 'work in progress,' Justin Trudeau tells UN General Assembly

Canada is 'work in progress,' Justin Trudeau tells UN General Assembly
From CBC - September 21, 2017

Describing Canada as a "work in progress," Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told the UN Thursday about the country's failures and mistakes in its historical relationship with Indigenous people and his hope to right the wrongs of the past.

"There are, today, children living on reserves in Canada who cannot safely drink, or bathe in, or even play in the water that comes out of their taps," Trudeau said in a speech to the UN General Assembly.

He said Indigenous families putting their kids to bed at night are beset by worry that their children will run away before morning or commit suicide in the night.

"And for far too many Indigenous women, life in Canada includes threats of violence so frequent and severe that Amnesty International has called it 'a human rights crisis,'" Trudeau said.

The prime minister said his government was working with Indigenous leaders to improve the situation and address gender-based violence as well the lack of safe drinking water and affordable housing on reserves.

"We need women and girls to succeed, because that's how we grow stronger economies and build stronger communities," Trudeau said. "That is why our government will be moving forward shortly with legislation to ensure equal pay for work of equal value."

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