Bob Rae on Indigenous Affairs and Culture

On May 9, PsPP interviewed Bob Rae on behalf of Honouring Indigenous People (HIP) Initiative. The interview took place in his office on the University Avenue, not too far away from his former office in Queen’s Park, while he served as the 21st Premier of Ontario. Bob had been a politician and a statesman until recent years and played important roles provincially and federally in public life. He currently works with First Nations across Canada as a legal counsel, advisor, negotiator, and arbitrator.

We have started our conversation by asking him to think back to his school years in Ottawa and during the time he was in the University of Toronto’s Law Faculty, what was the perception of indigenous identity in public eye and continued with the topics related to cultural assimilation, multiculturalism in the context of whether or not they worked for the indigenous communities, indigenous population growth in urban areas and what it means from the perspective of Indian Act and self governance. We hope you will enjoy our conversation.