NAN STATEMENT ON AUDITOR GENERAL’S REPORT
THUNDER BAY, ON (November 29, 2016): Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler has issued the following statement after the release of a report today by the Auditor General of Canada highly critical of the government’s approach to First Nations issues:
“It is painfully clear that despite the priority this government has placed on its relationship with Indigenous Peoples it is still business as usual in Ottawa, and this has to change. It is unacceptable that previous Auditor General reports have criticized the federal government’s failures in First Nations health (2015) and policing (2014) and yet we are still waiting for action. We welcome the observation that federal services must be built around people and not process, as for years we have been calling for approaches that meet the unique needs of our First Nation communities, the majority of which are isolated and remote. We acknowledge the Prime Minister’s commitment to reconciliation and we remain confident that his government recognizes our shared priorities and common future. We hope this is a wake-up call that that the status-quo will not suffice, and we will continue to engage with this government to develop solutions and mechanisms that meet the needs of our First Nations.”
Since the 2015 federal election, NAN has looked to the federal government to renew Canada’s Treaty relationship with First Nations, respect Aboriginal and Treaty rights, implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and support communities through mutually beneficial agreements that ensure the wealth from the extraction of natural resources benefits First Nations as full Treaty partners.
For more information please contact: Michael Heintzman, Director of Communications – Nishnawbe Aski Nation (807) 625-4965 or cell (807) 621-2790 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org