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2023 was not a good year for Reconciliation – NetNewsLedger

January 15, 2024

2023 started off bad and ended up worse

On January 23 federal, provincial and territory ministers refused to invite any of the leaders of the Assembly of First Nations, the Métis National Council or the Inuit Tapariit Kanatami to participate in the national health funding meetings being held in Ottawa beginning Feb. 7. Just 18 months earlier, after the last of the Three National Dialogues on Indigenous Health convened after the death of Joyce Echaquan, government leaders committed to engage with Indigenous groups on any issues relating to their health.
So much for government commitments

One result: The recently announced National Dental Care Plan (December 13) will have limited impact on Indigenous people in remote communities. “If there are no services in your community, more money doesn’t matter, says pediatric dentist.” First Nations and Inuit populations in Canada had nearly twice as much dental disease and more unmet oral health needs compared to non-Indigenous people, according to a 2017 report from the Office of the Auditor General of Canada.

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