|Mayor Redford and Inuit organization leaders from |
all territories speak of new partnerships. PM is late.
|PM Justin Trudeau arrives at High School. Speaks for 2 min|
before tea and bannock meet-and-greet selfie fest.
I saw or heard a few people ask questions. I could not hear the responses through the crowd. Today, I was surprised to hear one recorded conversation about electoral reform covered by the CBC. There may have been more people who pushed through and gave space to questions or issues but it was not a shared, public space. The issues were not heard or validated by the community. The responses were not shared for everyone to hear and debate.
In the fall the federal government hosted a public consultation on electoral reform here in Iqaluit that was widely criticized. The event was poorly planned to provide space for engagement. It was not widely advertised and there were no Inuktitut interpreters. I feel like this event fell into a similar category. Many in the crowd were appeased with selfies but there was little space for critical discussion and dialogue.