Calls for Continued Action in Priority Areas

OTTAWA – Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo responded to the 2014 federal budget by acknowledging the announcement of new, significant and secured funding for First Nations education as a foundation for building stronger First Nations citizens, communities and governments. National Chief Atleo stands with all First Nations in continuing the press for investments in other priority areas that will achieve success for First Nations and all Canadians based on fairness and opportunity.

“We welcome this necessary investment to support our new way forward toward First Nations control of First Nations education based on our rights, jurisdiction and Treaties,” said AFN National Chief Atleo. “This is new funding that is now secured in the federal budget. This will help close the gap and support fairness and success for First Nations children and students. The resources in today’s budget are the result of strong advocacy and action by First Nations leaders, youth and Elders and we commend all those who stand with us in taking action to realize our long-standing vision of First Nations control of First Nations education.”

The 2014 federal budget released by Finance Minister Jim Flaherty confirms new core funding of $1.25 billion from 2016-17 to 2018-19 in support of First Nations education with an annual growth rate of 4.5 per cent, and includes an Enh ...

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