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Harper to meet with First Nations leaders

Friday, January 04, 2013   by: Kate AdamsPrime Minister Stephen Harper today issued the following statement on a planned meeting with a delegation of First Nations leaders coordinated by the Assembly of First Nations:



“On January 24, 2012, I was pleased to participate in the historic Crown-First Nations Gathering. On that day, the Government of Canada and First Nations committed to making progress in the following areas:



Improving relationships and strong partnerships between Canada and First Nations respectful of Aboriginal and Treaty rights as recognized and affirmed in the Constitution Act, 1982;
Building effective, appropriate, transparent and fully accountable governance structures;
Empowering success of individuals through access to education and opportunity;
Enabling strong, sustainable, and self-sufficient communities;
Creating conditions to accelerate economic development opportunities and maximize benefits for all Canadians;
Respecting the role of First Nations’ culture and language in our history and future.


“The Government and First Nations committed at the Gathering to maintaining the relationship through an ongoing dialogue that outlines clear goals and measures of progress and success. While some progress has been made, there is more that must be done to improve outcomes for First Nations communities across Canada.



“It is in this spirit of ongoing dialogue that, together with Minister Duncan, I will be participating in a working meeting with a delegation of First Nations leaders coordinated by the Assembly of First Nations on January 11, 2013. This working meeting will focus on two areas flowing from the Gathering: the treaty relationship and aboriginal rights, and economic development.



“The Government of Canada and First Nations have an enduring historic relationship based on mutual respect, friendship and support. The Government of Canada is committed to strengthening this relationship.”
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tar77bass 1/4/2013 10:55:08 PM Report

Hope he tells them enough is enough and that the free money has stopped for good.....
IGuard 1/5/2013 11:05:54 AM Report

This guys government has been attacking first nations and the environment since he got into power. Two billion for photo ops at G20 and jackbooting peaceful demonstators in Toronto? Yes peacefull. The police let the extremists go the first day then attacked the peacefull demonstators then next. Don't forget the $50 million "gazebo" in Clements riding. This man is no Progressive Conservative. They are dead in Canada. He is an extreme hater of the working man and woman, be they public or private workers. The only thing worse in Canada that PM Harper is Hudak. Tea baggers of the worst sort both of them.
Oldtimer 1/5/2013 4:03:34 PM Report

Media or photo opportunity?
More than likely it will fill an hour of his day making promices using the most abstract language a Polotician can create.
poorman 1/5/2013 5:20:23 PM Report

Thumbs up!!! He did not cave to the suicide threat. With the suicide stats in atawapiscat, obviously the band council pays atention to threats. He met with 170 chiefs last Jan and encouraged them to come back to the table. They finally agreed. The press keeps trying to relate this to an obscure chief of a small reserve who refuses to account for millions in federal funds threatening suicide for photo ops.DUUUH.
Rosiee1 1/6/2013 3:12:37 PM Report

There needs to be transparency on how the millions already being given to native leaders is spent. Both for the benefit of those giving it but more importantly for those who are supposed to receive it.
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