Federal Budget Falls Short for First Nations

The federal government has promised an increase of $21 million for First Nations in this years budget. This is a far cry from the $5 billion dollars promised in the Kelowna Accord which the Conservative government scrapped last year. The BC Union of Indian Chiefs says this will further entrench the poverty of First Nations people and he warns that this will likely result in protest and conflict this summer. Read more in a CBC article, "Budget day a 'black day' for First Nations," read a statement by the Assembly of First Nations - "First Nations not included in a 'Stronger, Better' Canada" and a statement from the United Native Nations, "A Step Backward: United Native Nations Responds to Federal Budget."