OTTAWA, Sept. 6, 2012 /CNW/ - Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National
Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo today expressed strong opposition to
federal funding cuts to First Nation organizations, urging the federal
government to commit to working with First Nations on positive,
long-term steps toward reconciliation.
"Severe cuts to First Nation organizations are the wrong move,
particularly in light of key commitments across the country and
specifically by this federal government to work toward reconciliation,"
said AFN National Chief Shawn Atleo, adding that AFN will be
coordinating a full analysis of the impact of these cuts together with
all First Nation organizations. "These funding reductions have the
potential to create very serious negative impacts for First Nation
families and in turn the broader community and all Canadians. First
Nation organizations and Tribal Councils are major employers and
provide key support and capacity to First Nations for the whole range
of socio-economic services, planning and development."
Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada Minister John Duncan
announced late Tuesday September 4, 2012 that First Nation
organizations either have or will be receiving letters detailing
specific funding cuts.
Through Chiefs' resolution and dedicated action, First Nation leadership
have been very clear that critical services to First Nation peoples
must not be impacted by budget cuts. First Nations strongly oppose any
cuts that will further harm the safety and security of their
communities and insist on working together respectful of rights, to
advance economic, education and other opportunities for First Nations
"First Nations demand an end to unilateral decisions that impact our
people, urging a full and concrete commitment by government to
implement First Nation rights and responsibilities as necessary to
advance self-determination and self-reliance," said National Chief
Atleo. "Investment to building capacity within First Nation
communities is a necessary requirement to achieve change in communities
and entire regions, which will also act as a long-term economic
stimulus plan for First Nations and other Canadians."
Over the past five years, AFN has received significant cut-backs,
including a total of 42 per cent reduction to core funding and
reductions to overall funding by 50 per cent.
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SOURCE: ASSEMBLY OF FIRST NATIONS
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