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The Non-Insured Health Benefits (NIHB) program, the First Nations component of the treaty right to health care presents challenges to First Nations individuals and communities. In an effort to address these challenges the Chiefs of Ontario (COO) Health Coordination unit was successful in obtaining funding from First Nations and Inuit Health – Ontario Region to hire two NIHB Navigators.

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Pictured: (left to right) Grand Chief Stan J. Louttit, Mushkegowuk Tribal Council, Grand Chief Randall Phillips, AIAI, Ontario Regional Chief Angus Toulouse, Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty, Grand Chief Mike Mitchell, Mohawks of Akwesasne , Grand Chief Stan Beardy, NAN, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs Chris Bentley.

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On October 28, 2010, the COO office coordinated a breakfast reception with Senators at the Parliamentary Restaurant on Parliament Hill in order to advocate with Senate members on government Bill S-11, Safe Drinking Water for First Nations Act, and Bill C-3.  Bill S-11 was introduced in the Senate at the end of May 2010.  Bill C-3, currently at third reading in the House of Commons, will move to the Senate chamber if passed by the House.  The breakfast reception included 8 Senators, both Liberal and Conservative, along with Regional

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Congratulations to Samantha Roundsky, Grade 12 of Wapekeka First Nation for designing the winning logo! As well, congratulations to the winners of the slogan contest: Andy Fox - Grade 5, Priscilla Fiddler-Grade 5, Nadine Fox - Grade 4 and Eleanor Beardy - Grade 4, all from Bearskin Lake First Nation.

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A First Nations Education Rally has been scheduled for Thursday September 23, 2010 in Ottawa in order to bring a strong, collective message to government that the chronic under-funding of our children’s education will not be tolerated --- our children deserve better and we will not remain quiet about this ongoing discrimination.

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