OTTAWA – Elected Chief Ava Hill was in Ottawa this week attending a Federal Court Hearing launched in 2010 by four large First Nations communities: Six Nations, Tyendinaga, Oneida and Wikwemikong, to the Human Rights Commission.
The complaint is that as large First Nations, they are being discriminated against in respect to funding based on the Federal Government’s funding formulas.
“The Human Rights Commission originally agreed to deal with the complaint, but then reversed their decision,” says Hill.
The issue is now before the Federal Court seeking a decision to send it back to the Human Rights Commission.
The delegates met with lawyers for a briefing Monday with the hearing slated for Tuesday.
From there, Hill will be heading for Toronto to attend a Political Conference meeting of the Chiefs of Ontario. This gathering brings together the Ontario Regional Chief and the Grand Chiefs of Association of Iroquois and Allied Indians, the Anishinabek Nation, Grand Council Treaty 3, Nishnawbe Aski Nation, a representative for the Independent First Nations, the Mushkegowuk Tribal Council and the Six Nations and Akwesasne band councils.