Less than a month after the federal government revealed — via the fall fiscal update — that it was “setting aside … $40 billion for First Nations child welfare,” a trio of senior Team Trudeau front benchers will join representatives from the Assembly of First Nations, Chiefs of Ontario and Nishnawbe Aski Nation to unveil what Canadian Press reports is an “agreement in principle that will see Ottawa pay billions in compensation to First Nations children harmed by an underfunded child welfare system.” (1 PM)
According to the official advisory, Indigenous Services Minister Patty Hajdu, Crown-Indigenous Relations Minster Marc Miller and Justice Minister David Lametti are slated to appear at the midday “hybrid” media availability, which, as per CP, is “expected to lay out who will be eligible for the payments, how and when they will be paid.”
Also today: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is booked in for a closed-door briefing on the latest developments in the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak, courtesy of Chief Public Health Officer Theresa Tam, as well as a call with British Columbia Premier John Horgan.
Later this morning, he’ll stop by an unidentified Ottawa-area pharmacy to get his COVID-19 booster shot. (8 AM)
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