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This year should be an interesting one in Indian Country.
The past year saw a lot of issues go unresolved and others pursued, but 2015 will be when they emerge as more pressing issues that won’t go away. Other issues have flown below the media radar and will appear seemingly out of nowhere.
Perry Bellegarde, the new chief of the Assembly of First Nations, has received the political equivalent of the bum’s rush out the door by the federal government. Even before Bellegarde took office, Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt stated he would meet one on one with interested First Nations.
As well, Prime Minister Stephen Harper stated in a year-end interview with the CBC that an inquiry into missing and murdered aboriginal women was not very high on his radar, effectively cutting the AFN off at the knees. Also watch for more funding cuts to the AFN in 2015 and the media will continue to mutter there is no place for the organization.
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