OTTAWA, April 13 /CNW/ - Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn
A-in-chut Atleo stated his disappointment on the lack of substantive
discussion on First Nation issues in the English language leaders'
debate and pointed to an online Virtual Summit being held tomorrow as a
way to engage First Nations on their issues and priorities for the 2011
"First Nations are the youngest and fastest growing segment of Canada's
population," the National Chief said. "Our issues matter now and are
critical to Canada's future. I am disappointed that our people and
issues were not a substantive part of the discussion in last night's
leadership debate. The AFN is working to ensure our voices are heard
and that our people are engaged in the national discussion. We are
taking action on many fronts, including an online Virtual Summit for
First Nations on the federal election that will take place tomorrow."
The AFN 2011 Federal Election Virtual Summit takes place April 14 from 1
p.m. to 3 p.m. (EST). National Chief Atleo will be inviting First
Nations citizens from across Canada to share their thoughts on the 2011
Federal Election. More information is available at:
The National Chief stated: "We have put forward four key priorities in
this election and want to know where the parties stand. As well, on
Monday I spoke to the Canadian Club of Toronto and I challenged all
parties to make a specific commitment to First Nations. The parties
are already committed to guarantee a stable rate of funding growth at
6.6 % for the provinces and territories. First Nations funding for
these same core services has been unfairly capped at 2% cap for more
than a decade and we are falling further and further behind. We are
seeking a commitment to the same rate of growth, stable and guaranteed.
This is about fairness, equity and the future of Canada."
The National Chief noted that, in addition to these activities, the AFN
sent specific questions to all parties and invited them to participate
in a special Town Hall forum on First Nation issues on April 27th. AFN will also be issuing an analysis of all party platforms. More
information is forthcoming on all these activities.
The AFN Election Priorities, questions to candidates and other
information can be found at:
The Assembly of First Nations is the national organization representing
First Nations citizens in Canada.
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For further information:
Don Kelly, AFN A/Communications Director 613-241-6789 ext. 334 or cell: 613-292-2787 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Jenna Young, Assembly of First Nations Communications Officer cell: 613-314-8157 or email email@example.com
Alain Garon, Assembly of First Nations Bilingual Communications Officer 613-241-6789, ext 382 or cell: 613-2920857 or email firstname.lastname@example.org