Current Problems: Government Commitments to Truth and Reconciliation

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April 19, 2024

O’Chiese First Nation disappointed federal budget didn’t come with cash for roads

‘This should be about economic reconciliation’ says councillor Bernadine Coleman  Bernadine Coleman from O’Chiese First Nation and Alberta Minister Devin Dreeshan/ Photo: Supplied APTN News: Bernadine Coleman travelled from her home in O’Chiese First Nation to Ottawa last week, a trip that is about 3,500 km if you were to drive, to ask the federal...

April 19, 2024

The Five Canada-wide Cultural Heritage Organizations Are Disappointed by Federal Budget 2024

NationTalk: In a federal budget appropriately focused on creating new housing, advancing Indigenous self-determination, combatting hate, and creating a clean economy, there is an unfortunate lack of recognition of the role cultural heritage places and existing buildings play in creating housing, wellbeing, and supporting a green economy. The five Canada-wide cultural heritage organizations – Canadian...

April 18, 2024

‘We get pennies’: NDP Idlout denounces federal budget for lack of commitment to Indigenous Peoples

APTN News: Indigenous leaders responded to Tuesday’s federal budget with frustration and disappointment. According to NDP MP Lori Idlout it doesn’t come close to erasing the inequities for First Nations, Inuit and Métis people. “We know that for too many decades there’s not been enough investments to improve the lives of Indigenous peoples,” Idlout, the...

April 17, 2024

Economic reconciliation means no green strings attached

Grand Chief Abram Benedict addressing reporters at the Chiefs of Ontario First Nations Community Wellness Conference, March 19, 2024. Photo courtesy of Declan Keogh / Chiefs of Ontario Listen to article Canada’s National Observer: The Indigenous loan guarantee program will have no green strings attached, opening opportunities for controversial development like oil, gas and nuclear projects....

April 17, 2024

Omission of reconciliation ‘glaring’ and ‘alarming’ in budget speech, First Nations leaders say

Assembly of First Nations to renew calls for a first ministers meeting this year CBC Indigenous: First Nations leaders are panning this year’s federal budget and demanding a renewed commitment from the Liberal government, after Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland failed to mention reconciliation in Tuesday’s budget speech. “It’s alarming,” said National Chief Cindy Woodhouse Nepinak, head...

April 17, 2024

First Nations chiefs alarmed, disappointed by Canada’s 2024 budget

“We were told yesterday that there would be good news and there will be bad news. Good news for Canada and bad news for First Nations.” —Grand Chief Abram Benedict of the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne Assembly of First National Chief Cindy Woodhouse Nepinak speaks to reporters in Ottawa April 17. From left to right...

April 16, 2024

Small businesses will get a carbon levy rebate, federal budget announces — but nothing yet for Indigenous groups who were promised the same

The federal government will create a new carbon price rebate for small businesses, using $2.5 billion in revenues that have built up in recent years to funnel money through a new tax credit for roughly 600,000 companies, Tuesday’s budget announced. Toronto Star: OTTAWA — The federal government will create a new carbon price rebate for...

April 16, 2024

Federal budget’s $918M for Indigenous housing and infrastructure falls far short of what advocates say is needed

Tuesday’s federal budget committed more than $9 billion in new funding for Indigenous initiatives, focusing on education and youth, on-reserve supports and economic opportunities. Toronto Star: OTTAWA — Tuesday’s federal budget committed more than $9 billion in new funding for Indigenous initiatives, focusing on education and youth, on-reserve supports and economic opportunities. Of the funding...

April 16, 2024

Idlout warns federal budget will cut funding for Indigenous supports

Nunavut NDP MP says it’s ‘frustrating’ and warns it will hurt effort to provide better housing Nunavut MP Lori Idlout, seen earlier this month at a government announcement in Iqaluit, is calling on the federal government to reverse planned spending cuts to Indigenous services in 2024’s federal budget. (File photo by Jeff Pelletier) NationTalk: Nunatsiaq...

November 23, 2023

Assembly of First Nations Responds to Federal Government’s Fall Economic Statement

First Peoples Law Report: Assembly of First Nations – (Ottawa, Unceded Algonquin Territory, Ontario) – The Assembly of First Nations (AFN) responded today to the Federal Government’s release of its Fall Economic Statement, which included new spending for First Nations priorities in infrastructure, safe drinking water, and social development. The AFN concluded that the commitments...

August 25, 2023

Proposed Indigenous Services spending cuts spark concern

‘The status quo … is discrimination in a lot of cases,’ says Cindy Blackstock CBC News: Advocates are concerned after the Indigenous Services minister confirmed her department is eyeing spending cuts, telling reporters in Charlottetown she plans to target bureaucratic bloat, not direct service delivery. Minister Patty Hajdu was initially vague when asked at a cabinet retreat in P.E.I. earlier...

August 22, 2023

Hajdu pledges to maintain Indigenous Services programs despite requested cuts

Minister says she will recommend no cuts that impact the quality of life for First Nations people Patty Hajdu is the minister of Indigenous Services and Liberal MP for Thunder Bay-Superior North (TBnewswatch file) NationTalk: – CHARLOTTETOWN — Indigenous Services Minister Patty Hajdu plans to ensure programs directly impacting First Nations people are unaffected by spending...

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