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AFN national chief says budgetary cycle ensures First Nations remain in perpetual poverty – APTN News

Mar 30, 2023

The head of the Assembly of First Nations says the way the federal government does its budgets continues to leave First Nations people in an endless cycle of poverty.

“The federal government turns around and deliberately underfunds us and keeps us in these cycles of poverty rather than moving us into prosperity,” AFN National Chief RoseAnne Archibald told Nation to Nation speaking about Budget 2023 budget released this week.

“There’s a repetitive injustice against our people rather than lifting up and creating a more just reality. There’s a deliberate pattern of lack when in fact all of the wealth that is built in this country, now known as Canada, is happening on First Nations lands and waters.”

The national chief said every year her organization meets with federal officials to ask for funding in various areas such as health, infrastructure and housing and each year the money that the government actually puts forward in the budget is far below what was requested.

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