Is Indigenous Services Act 2019 a mask hiding transfer of Indigenous programs

Prepared by Councilor Helen Miller Unfortunately, as a result of the COVID pandemic, First Nations politics suffered when all levels of government stopped meeting in person relegating business instead via technology or telephone. This gave the federal government opportunity to move on its First Nations agenda pretty much unencumbered. In speaking only for myself and not Six Nations of the Grand River Elected Council (SNGREC), last fall I wrote a letter about the Indigenous Services Act 2019 which allows Indigenous Services Canada (ISC), under the guise of reconciliation and the rights of Indigenous peoples, to transfer all First Nations programs and services, of which many are broken and under-funded, to the First Nations. Unfortunately, the Chiefs of Ontario (COO) and Assembly of First Nations (AFN) who are supposed to be…

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