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The chief of the Assembly of First Nations says the terms of a deal brokered between Indigenous people and the federal government, including a compensation fund for children removed from homes, doesn’t really answer to them.
The agreements were made at a meeting of First Nations leaders and federal cabinet ministers earlier this week, but it’s unclear when, or how, they’ll be enacted.
Both Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett have said they will introduce legislation, and Bennett has invited all provinces and territories to join in discussions to put the final touches on a bill.
Diane Brown, who represents Ontario’s 630 First Nations, says compensation for young children taken from their families by governments is important, but not enough.
She says instead, they should receive more support for themselves, from the day they’re born to their 25th birthday.
Brown, along with most other First Nations leaders, came to Ottawa to ask for a declaration on reconciliation, but Brown says the meeting wasn’t productive, despite the progress made in the meetings.