THE LIVING CONDITIONS OF THE FIRST NATIONS: THE AUDITOR GENERAL CONFIRMS THAT THE SITUATION HAS "WORSEN"

WENDAKE, QC, May 26, 2011 /CNW Telbec/ - In her last speech, the Auditor General of Canada, Sheila Fraser, confirms one more time that the gap between the living conditions of Aboriginal people and that of the Canadian population is widening. "I am also very concerned by the lack of progress in the improvement of the living conditions of the First Nations. In fact, it is more than a lack of progress: the living conditions of the First Nations have deteriorated", stated the Auditor General.

"The Auditor General confirms what she has been saying all along her mandate: that Canada is failing lamentably in its policies with respect to the First Nations", stated the Chief of the Assembly of the First Nations of Quebec and Labrador (AFNQL), Ghislain Picard. "The time has come to put an end to this situation."

The Auditor General has issued an important word of caution: "If the First Nations and the Federal government don't find new ways of working together to solve the innumerable problems, the living conditions in reserves will remain worse off than everywhere else in Canada, and this will prevail for generations to come."

Chief Picard hopes that this new release finally brings change in the governmental policies, particularly in the way the government reacts to the justified recriminations made by various Aboriginal organizations. "While the situation gets worse, it has become dangerous for the First Nations to denounce or condemn the approach of the government, because, by doing so, it generally backfires on us; when the First Nations denounce publicly, there is always a price to pay", stated the Chief of the AFNQL.

About AFNQL
The Assembly of the First Nations of Quebec and Labrador is the regional organization regrouping the 43 Chiefs of the First Nations of Quebec and Labrador.

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