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TORONTO, ON — According to the Ontario provincial budget, released yesterday, First Nations in Ontario will not be provided any new funding investments or allocations specifically dedicated to addressing their needs. This is in spite of the fact that First Nations continue to require significant investments in health, education, infrastructure, and community safety.

“Ontario has missed another opportunity to invest in First Nations,” stated Ontario Regional Chief Angus Toulouse “unfortunately, the needs and realities of our people remain the same.”

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.”

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TORONTO, ON — As a continuous advocate for First Nations children, the Chiefs of Ontario are appalled by the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal (CHRT) decision on March 14, 2011, to dismiss a complaint involving the inadequate funding of child welfare services on reserve by Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC). The case has been dismissed on the basis of legal technicalities.

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Toronto, ON – Chippewas of Nawash Chief Ralph Akiwenzie passed on to the Spirit World on Friday March 4, 2011 after a brave battle with pancreatic cancer.

Ontario Regional Chief Angus Toulouse stated that First Nations leaders in Ontario have lost a beloved brother who was admired for the manner in which he carried himself at all times. With quiet resolve, compassion and determination he was Cape Croker’s longest serving elected official.

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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.