Historic Meeting Harper, Chiefs to Hash Out Concerns – Winnipeg Free Press

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historic meeting Harper, chiefs to hash out concerns

By: Teresa Smith
Posted: 01/20/2012

OTTAWA — After more than a year of planning, Prime Minister Stephen Harper, some members of his cabinet and Governor General David Johnston will meet in Ottawa with Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn Atleo and chiefs from across Canada Tuesday in what Atleo hopes will be a move to “resetting the relationship.”

It is the first time the prime minister will meet face-to-face and by teleconference with all of the First Nations leadership from across the country and will be the first meeting since the Canadian government apologized in 2008 for separating young aboriginal children from their families and sending them to residential schools across the country.

Some observers are worried the one-day meeting will only serve as a photo-op for the prime minister, but with meetings planned on immediate priorities such as treaties, governance, economic development, land issues and health, others are hoping to hear the government commit to a concrete plan to move forward together.

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