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Canada's political and aboriginal leaders admitted defeat after two days of intense negotiations in Ottawa on giving Canadian Indians and Inuits the right of self-government on a local level. Under the proposal, Indians would have set local laws on their reservations and the Inuits, previously called Eskimos, would have governed their own villages in the north of Canada. But Prime Minister Brian Mulroney and the provincial premiers were unable to reach agreement with the leaders of Canada's 500,000 aboriginal people on wording for a constitutional amendment required to grant the rights.

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