TORONTO, Sept. 7, 2012 /CNW/ - On the heels of recent cuts to First
Nation services in such key areas as health and social services, the
federal government is further marginalizing First Nation organizations
by cutting core funding.
"It's a shame that Canada has decided to cut First Nation budgets in
order to justify its attacks on First Nations in general," says
Anishinabek Nation Grand Council Chief Patrick Madahbee. "Canada has
made a lot of statements about how they want to work with First
Nations, yet every time we turn around they're cutting funding to
health, social services and other key areas that impact First Nations
peoples' day-to-day lives. Let's be truthful here, Canada is aiming to
divide First Nation communities so they can create a vacuum in order to
gain control over our people and our land."
"It's clear to me that Canada and even Ontario to a degree, has three
objectives when it comes to First Nations people- divide, control and
conquer," says Madahbee. "Our people need to know that they are under
attack. The unilateral, incremental changes to policy and legislation
regarding First Nation land, water and rights are in direct violation
of Constitutional rights, treaty rights and even international human
rights that Canada has endorsed."
The Grand Council Chief points to a number of legislative bills
introduced by the Harper government that First Nations and First Nation
organizations continue to oppose based on jurisdiction.
"We've seen this type of attack on First Nations before. They've tried
residential schools, they've funneled our young people into their jails
and now they're cutting funding where we were already underfunded to
"What the federal government fails to understand is that no matter what
tactics they use to divide us we will never be Canadian citizens and we
will never surrender our land. We are Anishnaabe and have always been
Nations with our own land, our own culture, our own language and our
The Anishinabek Nation established the Union of Ontario Indians as its
secretariat in 1949. The UOI is a political advocate for 39 member
communities across Ontario, representing approximately 55,000 people.
The Union of Ontario Indians is the oldest political organization in
Ontario and can trace its roots back to the Confederacy of Three Fires,
which existed long before European contact.
SOURCE: Anishinabek Nation
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