(Saskatoon, SK) The Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations remains optimistic about the future despite learning there will be a reduction in federal core funding from $1.6 M to $500,000 in the 2014-15 fiscal year. The core funding supports the FSIN Finance Department, Legislative Assemblies, Communications, Treasury Board, and the political offices of the Chief and Vice Chiefs.
“The funding cut is an attempt to drastically affect the abilities of the FSIN to represent our people and communities on Inherent Rights and Treaty Implementation, accountability and the quality of life for First Nations,” says FSIN Interim Chief Morley Watson. “It is also an attempt to restrict the Federation’s ability to work with First Nations in areas that include education, health, economic development, justice, women’s commission, housing, lands and resources.”
The Federal Government states it wants to ensure that their priorities of education, economic development, on-reserve infrastructure, land management and governance programs assist in community growth, however to the FSIN’s knowledge, resources to attain these priorities has yet to be identified.
The FSIN does not anticipate any immediate cuts to services and staff. According to Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC) the announced cuts will not affect individual band funding. The FSIN continues in its mandate to promote and protect Treaty implementation while analyzing the funding reduction.
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.
For more information: Mervin Brass, Executive Director of Communications Direct: 306.956.1026 Cellular: 306.220.7187 Email BlackBerry: email@example.com www.fsin.com