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The Recession: Partnership with First Nations would supercharge the economy

By Isadore Day, Wiindawtegowinini, Ontario Regional Chief

It’s official and it’s making front page news. Canada is in a recession.

The cold hard truth is First Nations have been in economic depression since Canada carved out the first postage-stamp size reserves over 200 years ago. 

Neither of us needs to be in this position. Given the chance and the right partner in 24 Sussex Drive, First Nations can supercharge Canada’s economy to lift the prosperity of Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canadians.

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Transparency: Mr. Harper, we showed you our finances, now show us yours

By Isadore Day, Wiindawtegowinini, Ontario Regional Chief

Dear Mr. Harper,

Recently, my community filed our financial report and I realized something then: The Party of Small Government creates a lot of red tape trying to make sure we’re transparent, but they’ve never been transparent to us.

So, I challenge you Mr. Harper: We showed you our finances, now show us yours.

The last 11 years has been death by micromanagement for First Nations. As a Chief, I spent as much time filling out federal reports as I spent administering Treaty dollars. Requests for support have been buried in bureaucracy; minor rounding errors have become long-term headaches holding up much needed funds for education and housing.

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