There are lots of issues up for debate this week at the Assembly of First Nations’ Annual General Assembly in Halifax.
Jean Crowder, the NDP’s Aboriginal Affairs Critic, says that includes the future of aboriginal education. The Conservative government’s bill to reform aboriginal education was rejected by the AFN. Crowder, the MP for Nanaimo-Cowichan, says the government’s announcement of an extra 1.9 billion for aboriginal education shows they’re aware of the funding gap. But with the bill on hold, that money won’t be spent where it’s needed.
Crowder says other important discussions happening during the annual general assembly are revolving around resource development and the future of the AFN itself. She says the organization has an important role to play in Canada, but it’s in transition, with an election coming up in December.
Crowder says a motion has been passed to look at restructuring the organization, and she expects some recommendations to be brought forward in December when national chiefs meet to elect a new leader.