President Obama and Prime Minister Trudeau Meet at the White House: Indigenous Rights Discussed

President Obama spoke Thursday in the White House Rose Garden with Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Photo courtesy of NPR

President Obama spoke Thursday in the White House Rose Garden with Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Photo courtesy of NPR

Published March 10, 2016

WASHINGTON— President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama hosted Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Mrs. Sophie Grégoire Trudeau in Washington, D.C. on March 10 for an Official Visit and a State Dinner at the White House. The visit is a hallmark of the deep friendship and extraordinary cooperation between our two neighboring countries.

During discussions between the two North American leaders, government-indigenous relations, among other issues, were among the topics discussedAfter the meeting, the White House released the following statements relating to two issues that impact American Indians, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiians in the United States and First Nations people in Canada:

Government-Indigenous Relations

Indigenous peoples have great political and cultural importance for the United States and Canada. The diverse indigenous communities in both nations have strong connections across the border.

Supporting indigenous peoples’ social and economic aspirations is a priority for the United States and Canada. In the coming months, the countries will share information on self-governance policy to improve service delivery for First Nations. Canada has also agreed to provide to the United States government agencies insight into its consultation with indigenous communities on federal land.

Climate Change, Clean Energy, and Environment

The United States and Canada have a long history of collaboration to develop energy resources and protect the environment and are committed to taking ambitious action to combat climate change and develop new sources of clean energy.  To highlight our partnership and advance new joint efforts, President Obama and Prime Minister Trudeau today issued a Joint Statement on Climate, Energy and Arctic Leadership with specific plans to reduce carbon emissions and develop clean sources of energy.  The statement commits the two countries to significantly reduce methane emissions, adopt an amendment to the Montreal Protocol to phase down hydrofluorocarbons, and reach agreement on a market-based mechanism to limit carbon emissions from international aviation.


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