Nanos Research Poll: Addressing First Nations Poverty is a high priority for Canadians

    OTTAWA, Oct. 1 /CNW Telbec/ - According to a national survey conducted by
Nanos Research, commissioned by the Assembly of First Nations, almost half of
Canadians (47.4%) think the next federal government should make reducing First
Nations poverty a "high" or "very high" priority. Conversely, only 10.5% of
Canadians do not consider it to be a priority. Notably, a majority of young
Canadians (54.8% among those aged 18 to 29) would support a federal government
who pledged to take measures to reduce First Nations poverty.
    "These positive survey results reconfirm that Canadians strongly support
our ongoing efforts to reduce First Nations poverty and we find the support of
young Canadians particularly encouraging," said Assembly of First Nations
National Chief Phil Fontaine. "Ending poverty in our communities is a
high-priority issue on the minds of nearly half of Canadians, even though our
issues have not had a high profile during this federal election campaign.
These survey results clearly demonstrate that an increasing number of
Canadians care about First Nations people and understand that the next federal
government must take concrete actions to reduce First Nations poverty. When
First Nations succeed and prosper, all of Canada benefits," added National
Chief Fontaine.
    Nanos Research is a leading poll company frequently used by researchers
and media. The survey was conducted by telephone with a sample size of
1201 respondents. The margin of accuracy for this survey is 2.8 per cent,
19 times out of 20.

    The Assembly of First Nations is the national political organization
representing First Nations citizens in Canada.

For further information:

For further information: Joan McEwen, Director of Communications, (613)
241-6789 ext. 242, cell (613) 324-3329,; Gina Cosentino,
Government Relations, National Chief Office, (613) 314-2661,

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