National Chief Phil Fontaine’s Response to Canada

First Nations, National Chief Phil Fontaine responds in parliament to the formal apology offered by the Canadian government for the abuses of the residential schools inflicted upon Canada’s First Nations, Metis and Inuit peoples. An important day for aboriginal rights. Just the beginning, will the government of Canada follow up and treat our original peoples on a nation to nation basis?

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Assembly of First Nations in Canada – 7 Point Plan

The Assembly of First Nations in Canada issued a seven point plan to the government of Canada to address reconciliation with aboriginal peoples, redress injustices and improve the quality of life for all native people. The majority of First Nations children live in abject poverty. Although aboriginal people are only 2% of Canada’s population they represent more than 25% of the nations’ street homeless AND 50% of the federal prison inmates.

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