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First Nations leaders respond to federal budget


The Chiefs of Ontario say the liberal budget marks the beginning of change for the economic growth of all Canada.

Ontario Regional Chief Isadore Day said although he was pleased with the investments in education and water for First Nations people living on reserve – the budget fell short on critical funding for First Nations child welfare on reserve.

Assembly of First Nations Chief Perry Bellegarde said while Canadians typically enjoy the sixth highest standard of living in the world, on reserve indigenous Canadians are simultaneously ranked 63rd.

Bellegarde said the funding announced to indigenous communities this week by the liberals is the start of closing that gap and creating an equal standard of living for all humans in Canada.

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