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Nov 30, 2018

In Canada, a sophisticated and prosperous first world country, there are whole communities living in third world conditions. Many First Nations people don't have adequate access to good health care, proper education, clean drinking water, and other government services. Thanks to strident advocacy, laws are in place to stop such unfairness. But the reality is still a slap in the face. What needs to be done?

Ben is in Ottawa to chat with Andrea Auger of the First Nations Child & Family Caring Society.

Read the blog post about this episode.

About the Guest

Andrea Auger is the Reconciliation and Research Manager for the First Nations Child & Family Caring Society. Raised in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Andrea is Ojibwe and a member of the Pays Plat First Nation. She joined the Caring Society in 2008 to work on the Touchstones of Hope. With her background in education, Andrea is passionate about teaching, mentoring, and learning from others, especially children, youth, and Elders. Her main areas of interest include engagement in reconciliation, reconciliation approaches, child and youth engagement, and human rights. She is the proud mother of a beautiful son.

For more information about Andrea and the Caring Society, visit fncaringsociety.com.