Asked about whether indyref2 should be introduced to Holyrood in the coming year, Ms Slater said that there will be an independence referendum in this parliamentary term.
Speaking on the radio show, Slater said: "The exact timing of that I’m not personally clear on but the SNP manifesto said in the first half of the term, we said in this parliamentary term so I think we are all agreed that we want the covid crisis to have eased before that happens so that we can safely campaign and have that national conversation we need to have about the kind of Scotland that we want.”
Asked about when she would like to see the referendum, Slater said: "The cooperation agreement says as soon as possible when the pandemic has eased and I would absolutely support that.”
Talking about her new role as minister for green skills, the circular economy and biodiversity, Slater said her main priority was to look at a Green Industrial strategy.
Scotland needs to develop its ‘enormous’ renewable energy potential to tackle the climate crisis, she claimed.
Slater’s comments come after the First minister told Holyrood that the power-sharing deal between the SNP and Scottish Greens is a "leap of faith" for both parties.
The appointment of Green politicians to ministerial office is a first for anywhere in the UK.