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Ontario Chief says provincial budget fails First Nations

Ontario Chief says provincial budget fails First Nations

TORONTO – Ontario Regional Chief Isadore Day expressed his disappointment over the Ontario budget, saying on many fronts it failed to include First Nations communities. Day said while there are positives to the 350 page report, the budget failed to provide funding for the current child welfare crisis or include Ontario First Nations communities in

TORONTO – Ontario Regional Chief Isadore Day expressed his disappointment over the Ontario budget, saying on many fronts it failed to include First Nations communities.

Day said while there are positives to the 350 page report, the budget failed to provide funding for the current child welfare crisis or include Ontario First Nations communities in infrastructure spending to combat climate change through green energy and environmental protection initiatives.

The province has yet to implement resource revenue sharing with Ontario First Nations.

Day said doing so would generate revenue contributing to the provinces economic growth.

Day told over 2,200 municipal leaders at a provincial governance conference early last week that partnering with First Nations on a variety of socio-economic fronts – from infrastructure to climate change – will stimulate Ontario’s economy and provide stability for decades to come.

“First Nations have been silent partners in Ontario’s economy since before Canada became a country,” said Regional Chief Day. “We signed Treaties to share the lands and resources that have made Ontario one of the richest regions in North America. First Nations also do millions of dollars of business annually in every town and city. Now it’s time to become true partners in prosperity. Securing a rightful place in Ontario’s new economic efforts around infrastructure is a focus for full First Nation inclusion in order to break the socio-economic conditions that are crippling far too many northern communities.”

“We need to guarantee that First Nations must be involved on all major infrastructure projects, whether it’s all season roads in the north, the new $4 billion Windsor-Detroit bridge, or the $2.4 billion that the province will spend on highways over the next several years. However, that involvement must include procurement, from First Nation construction and engineering firms, to catering and security,” said Day.

“First Nations must be front and centre on climate change initiatives, from the Great Lakes to the Boreal Forests,” said Chief Day. “In a province where 700,000 people live on 87 per cent of the land mass, it makes common sense that First Nations be allowed to finally fulfill our Treaty Rights, and preserve to protect our lands and waters for future generations. At the same time, together, we will build a better Ontario for all.”

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Nahnda Garlow, Onondaga under the wing of the Beaver Clan of Six Nations, is Outreach Editor for the Two Row Times. Her popular column, Scone Dogs and Seed Beads brings weekly thoughts on current day indigenous identity. Nahnda has been a journalist with the Two Row Times since it's founding in 2013. She studied Journalism, Human Rights and Indigenous Studies at Laurier University. She is a self-proclaimed "rez girl" who also brings to the Two Row Times years of experience as a Haudenosaunee cultural interpreter, traditional dancer and beadwork aficionado. Nahnda is a member of the Canadian Association of Journalists and the Native American Journalists Association.

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  • Red whitey
    September 9, 2018, 9:05 pm

    More bullshit AGAIN its always about the money right, why not start asking the band where all the TENS of millions of TAX payers money went that they keep getting from trudeau. Cause its not going to help the water issue or the poverty issues but again no one can OPRESS you other then yourself, as I don’t see no one holding a gun to anyone’s head telling them to drink there life away or sit on there asses and not work, if the Paki’s or Chinese can come here work and live a normal life what’s holding us natives back, yes I said US as I’m native but live and work in the normal world and made something of myself like other natives do like the Montours, Hills, Glen Styres, all people who rather work then sit around and blame it on someone, sure shits not fair but as my parents said "That’s life Kids, Life’s not fair" but life is what you make it, either work for your money and life a normal life OR sit in your ass bitch and blame the white man? I know which i did. Racist or hate my own kind NOPE, can’t understand why most place blame instead of just working past it, hell it been over 100yrs and was it not some asshole British that signed the treaty? Cause Canada’s not Britain? Maybe ask them where your monies at instead of hitting up generations of TAX PAYERS that have shit all to do with that 100+yr old British signed treaty, the Queen don’t control shit in Canada like most still think…lol..all I’m saying is there’s other better options then just blaming people who have nothing to do with it. The way I look at it there is NOTHING that we can do that will change shit so just better your life and place the blame on the band that gets all this cash and then does nothing with it other then build themselfs a bigger house or better car nowonder everyone thinks the natives don’t get shit, cause the rich natives Get richer N the poorer get poorer.

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  • Digger Dan
    February 29, 2016, 7:38 am

    Premier Wynne come clean on the Solid Gold scandal, then resign

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