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April 27th is “Shannen’s Dream” Day of Action. On this day, various events will be held across the country to remember one young girl’s dream of going to a real school. Shannen Koostachin, of the Attawapiskat First Nation, led a movement for “safe and comfy” schools and quality, culturally-based, education for First Nations children. This campaign was called the Attawapiskat School Campaign.

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Toronto, ON - First Nations governments are putting the Ontario and Canadian Governments on notice that they will be exercising their jurisdiction over the resources on their lands and vigorously defending this jurisdiction by direct action if required.

In November 2010, by Resolution 10/11, the Chiefs in Assembly mandated the Resource Revenue and Benefit Sharing (“RRBS”) Task Force to engage in discussions with Ontario on resource revenue sharing with a view to presenting a draft agreement for approval at a Special Chiefs Assembly.

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Tune in to TVO on Friday April 8th, 2011 at 10:00 p.m. for Ontario Regional Chief Angus Toulouse’s television interview on “Allan Gregg in Conversation”.

The broadcast repeats on Saturday April 9th at 6:00 p.m. and Sunday April 10th at 6:30 p.m. For more information go on line to

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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.”