Investments in First Nations are Investments in Canada’s Future, AFN National Chief tells Finance Committee

OTTAWA, Sept. 28, 2016 – Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Perry Bellegarde addressed the House of Commons’ Standing Committee on Finance today to present the AFN’s 2017 pre-budget submission. This submission addresses key areas that were not addressed or were under-funded in the 2016 budget. The AFN identifies priorities for the coming budget to show Canada’s continuing commitment to renew the relationship with First Nations and to close the gap in the quality of life between First Nations and Canadians. “Much of Canada’s wealth comes from the resources of this land, which has not been equitably shared despite sacred promises of Treaties and First Nations inherent rights, title and jurisdiction,” said National Chief Bellegarde. “We must invest in First Nations, Canada’s youngest and fastest growing demographic. Not doing…

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