FSIN Invites INAC Minister on Fact Finding Mission

by mmnationtalk on October 10, 20121731 Views

FSIN Invites INAC Minister on Fact Finding Mission

For Immediate Release: October 9, 2012

(Saskatoon, SK) FSIN Vice-Chief Simon Bird extends an invitation to Indian Affairs Minister John Duncan to Saskatchewan to observe for himself the real situation of First Nations elementary and secondary education. It is extremely disappointing that the Federal Government would attempt to poke us in the eye by issuing such fairy tales about First Nations Education funding. 

Vice Chief Bird said at the AFN Chiefs Assembly on Education, “The government numbers are in fact fairy tales.  Their falsified numbers are really Pinocchio accounting.” 

The misleading statements by the INAC spin doctors must stop.  It is ironic the Federal Government disagrees with the Parliamentary Budget Office (PBO) on federal spending, as they set up the PBO.  The Federal Government continually challenges and disputes the Auditor General’s findings.  Many Canadians question the truthfulness about the F-35 jet fighter fiasco; the Government estimates were off by billions of dollars.

Premiers and Ministers of Education have clearly stated that First Nations education funding needs to be comparable.   If our funding is higher than provincial rates, why does INAC immediately increase funding when the provinces take over one of our schools?

“So can we be expected to trust this Federal Government with our Treaty Rights by giving them control over how our Treaty and Inherent Rights are implemented in Federal Legislation?” Vice Chief Simon Bird says, “The answer from Saskatchewan is no!”

The FSIN represents 74 First Nations in Saskatchewan. The Federation is committed to honouring the spirit and intent of Treaty, as well as the promotion, protection and implementation of the Treaty promises that were made more than a century ago.

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For more information:
Mervin Brass, Executive Director of Communications   
Direct:    306.956.1026
Cellular:  306.220.7187
Email BlackBerry:   mervin.brass@fsin.com 
www.fsin.com

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