One lone woman stood up and stated that AFN and Harper did not consult with all First Nations and that she stood as a Treaty 6 person in objection to the legislation. The protestors on the ground were not permitted inside, so we could not hear their voices.
(5) There will be funding, but not until 2015 and/or 2016 (after Harper’s term);
This appears to be more about deflecting the nasty publicity around the increasing litigation and human rights claims being brought by First Nations in relation to discriminatory funding in areas like education, housing and child and family services. The future funding promised after Harper’s term could evaporate as easily as the Kelowna Accord did when the Liberal term ended. A promise about future money, doesn’t educate First Nations kids now.
Recognize First Nation jurisdiction over education.
Implement the treaty right to education.
Properly fund First Nation education.
Say no to FNCFNEA.