Amendments to federal legislation will help tackle infrastructure gap for First Nations

By Shari Narine  Local Journalism Initiative Reporter The establishment of a First Nations Infrastructure Institute, included in federal Bill C-45, is one of the more consequential amendments set to upgrade the existing First Nations Fiscal Management Act. Bill C-45 is officially titled An Act to amend the First Nations Fiscal Management Act, to make consequential amendments to other Acts, and to make a clarification relating to another Act. It received all-party approval for the third and final reading in the House of Commons May 15. The Senate Committee on Indigenous People held a hearing June 6 before a vote in the Red Chamber is held on whether to pass the C-45 amendments into law. The Fiscal Management Act already has institutions within it_the First Nations Taxation Commission, the First Nations…

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