OTTAWA, Jan. 23, 2012 /CNW/ - Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak Inc. (MKO)
Grand Chief David Harper said First Nations in northern Manitoba have
high expectations for making "real progress" during the meeting this
week in Ottawa between Prime Minister Stephen Harper and First Nations
leaders. MKO released its Clean Running Water, Health and Housing
Strategy that was prepared by MKO for the Crown-First Nation Gathering.
The strategy sets out a framework for addressing the urgent needs of
northern and remote First Nations in Canada.
"The Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak will be presenting our stategy on
Clean Running Water, Health and Housing to Prime Minister Stephen
Harper", stated MKO Grand Chief David Harper. "MKO is presenting a
comprehensive strategy that addresses how solutions including
education, training and employment, resource revenue sharing and First
Nation representation in Parliament will result in real progress toward
clean running water and adequate health and housing," added the MKO
Bunibonibee Cree Nation Chief Irvin Sinclair said, "almost every
northern First Nation in Canada is in a state of crisis regarding the
need for clean running water and adequate health and housing. Part of
the solution is building permanent roads to make sure that First
Nations in northern Manitoba have same access to clean running water,
health and housing enjoyed by all other Canadians."
Northlands Denesuline First Nation Chief Joe Antsanen stated that, "the
Treaties have shared the wealth of our traditional lands with Canada
and provinces. Resource revenue sharing and benefit sharing is the key
for First Nations to make the investments in the infrastructure, health
services and housing that our communities so urgently require".
"There has to be First Nation representation in the Senate and House of
Commons in order to ensure real progress in improving the lives of
First Nations peoples in Canada. First Nation representation in the
Senate and House of Commons has to be guaranteed in the Constitution of
Canada.", stated Norway House First Nation Chief Ron Evans.
"Our people expect the Prime Minister's commitment to make real progress
toward delivering clean running water and adequate health services and
housing for our First Nations and toward ensuring that the voice of
First Nations is heard in Parliament", concluded Grand Chief Harper.
~Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak Inc. is a non-profit, political advocacy
has represented 30 First Nation communities in Manitoba's North since
SOURCE Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak Inc. (MKO)
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