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Could A Renegotiated NAFTA Be Better For Indigenous People Than Current Deal?

It appears that talks to rework the North American Free Trade Agreement will continue into next year; officials made that announcement after the fourth round of negotiations wrapped up this week.

Since President Trump made it clear he wanted to re-do NAFTA, we’ve talked on The Show about how the deal has impacted workers and businesses in Arizona, and the rest of the country.

But today we’re going to look at two other groups of people affected by the trade deal: indigenous people in Mexico and Canada.

We start south of the border, and I’m joined by Alex Aviña, an associate professor of history in the School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies at ASU.

We then travel from south of the border to our neighbors in the north. A renegotiated NAFTA could provide an opportunity to address the concerns of Canada’s indigenous people.

Joining us on the phone is Wayne Garnons-Williams a Plains Cree Indian and founding president of the Intertribal Trade Organization which is made up of Indigenous and non-Indigenous trade experts.

Mark Brodie is a co-host of The Show, KJZZ’s locally produced news magazine. Since starting at KJZZ in 2002, Brodie has been a host, reporter and producer, including several years covering the Arizona Legislature, based at the Capitol.