NDP CALLS ON FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO RESOLVE SPECIFIC LAND CLAIMS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 11, 2015

OTTAWA – Yesterday in the House of Commons, NDP Aboriginal Affairs critic Niki Ashton (Churchill) expressed concerns that the Government of Canada’s Specific Claims Action Plan has failed to deliver results.

Ashton:

“Mr. Speaker, another example of this government's shameful behaviour toward first nations is its failure to fulfill its commitment to resolve specific land claims.

This was detailed in a report released yesterday by First Nations tribal councils and organizations. It denounced the bad faith shown by the department in negotiations.

Our leader and our caucus have endorsed this report. Will the Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development listen to the recommendations laid out in this report and answer for his department's failure?”

*A clip of Ms. Ashton’s question to the Minister is available here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IXAR-vTkNIs

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