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“We are a colonized people” – new Crown-Indigenous relations minister speaks on shared history of colonization in new role – MBC Radio

Aug 4, 2023

Newly appointed Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Gary Anandasangaree says a shared history of colonialism will help in his new role.

Anandasangaree was in Saskatchewan this week in his first major trip as Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister. One of his stops was to celebrate the self-governance treaty for Whitecap Dakota First Nation and the other was to announce several historic settlements for First Nations in the province.

During one of his stops Anandasangaree addressed his new role.

“Many of you may be rightfully wondering what is this brown Indian guy from across the other side of the ocean doing carrying this file,” he said. “I do feel I need to respond to that because I know many of you may be feeling it and not asking it because you are polite.”

Anandasangaree then spoke on his experience of colonialism growing up in India and how many of his people lost their lives defending their language and culture.

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