First Nations leaders say Justin Trudeau is wrong when he says native communities do not yet know how they would spend additional funds for child welfare and health services.

When asked this week to explain why the Liberals, who came to power promising a new relationship with Canada’s Indigenous people, are not providing First Nations with the cash that would pay for the same level of social services available off-reserve, Mr. Trudeau said native communities are still building their social-service capacity and trying to decide what the money should buy – and that will take time.