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Two federal departments for Indigenous issues could bring headaches, scholar says

Friday, September 01, 2017 @ 7:02 AM | By Terry Davidson

Interested lawyers will need to have “the best peripheral vision they’ve ever had” after the federal Liberal government divided the Department of Indigenous and Northern Affairs in two, says one legal scholar.

Signa Daum Shanks, Osgoode Hall Law SchoolSigna Daum Shanks, a professor at Osgoode Hall Law School who specializes in Indigenous issues, made the comment following a decision, announced Aug. 28 by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, to create two separate departments, appointing a pair of ministers to oversee different responsibilities.

Carolyn Bennett, who was appointed...