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TORONTO, ON - Ontario Regional Chief, Angus Toulouse, today responded to Federal Budget 2011 asserting that the Budget demonstrates the government’s lack of in-depth understanding of First Nations issues.

As stated by the Regional Chief: “First Nations in Ontario have been clear - what is required to assist in alleviating many of our problems, is a fundamental transformation in the relationship between the Canadian settler state and First Nations. We have repeatedly stated what our priorities are and how we would like to accomplish these, and we are repeatedly ignored.”

During the Chiefs of Ontario annual Health Forum, on February 22, 2011, an emergency meeting was called by Grand Council Chief Patrick Madahbee of the Anishinabek Nation. Representatives from numerous First Nations and organizations met to discuss the threat posed by the shipment of 16 nuclear steam generators through the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway.

The press release is attached.

January 11, 2007

Summary Recommendations to the Special Chiefs Assembly of the Assembly of First Nations
Merrell-Ann S. Phare, B.A., LL.B., LL.M.
Centre for Indigenous Environmental Resources (CIER)
December 6, 2006

To Be Attached.