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Feds may need to think beyond income taxes to get benefits to First Nations families – Toronto Star

June 1, 2022

OTTAWA – As the first Canada Child Benefit cheques were mailed in 2016, cabinet ministers fanned out across the country to raise awareness about the Liberals’ landmark new program to lift children out of poverty.

Then-Indigenous affairs minister Carolyn Bennett was dispatched to Enoch Cree Nation, just outside Edmonton, to speak about the importance of the new benefit to people on First Nations and encourage them to fill out their income tax returns.

“It is important that Indigenous families are aware of this benefit and we are committed to provide the support they need to help with tax filing,” Bennett said in a statement about the trip.

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