Voices from new and old leaders emerge at Fall Leadership Meeting

Tetlit Gwich'in Chief Wanda Pascal with Edward Wright and McPherson delegation in Dettah. (CKLB)

The Assembly of First Nations Fiscal Renewal continued to be the main topic Wednesday morning, at Day 2 of the Dene Nation Fall Leadership Meeting.

Tetlit Gwich’in Chief Wanda Pascal says the budget cuts from Canada started when she was a councillor.

“We were cut down to 180 thousand, and that’s a big cut for the second largest band in the NWT. And with that we have to run our band office, we dont have a building of our own. We’re renting a trailer off the hamlet. We put our band manager on half time, and she is looking for more funding so we have her back on full time. We have a finance director who’s only able to work half time,” explained Pascal.

It’s also Lutselk’e Dene First Nation Chief Darryl Boucher-Marlowe’s first leadership meeting.

Acho Dene Koe Chief Gene Hope also requested federal ministers come attend next Dene National leadership meeting to truly meet “Nation to Nation.”

Ka’a’gee Tu Chief Lloyd Chicot says his community of Kakisa had to fight the government over lack of consultation on development in the Cameron hills with only 49 thousand dollars in funding 10 years ago.

Daniel Wilson from the Assembly of First Nations, alongside Alain Grenier from Indigenous Affairs Canada presented changes from the MOU signed this past July between Canada and the AFN.

Katlodeeche First Nation’s Chief Roy Fabian says he wants to negotiate a self government agreement for his community so he can better access funds from the Government.

Deh Gah Gotie Sub-chief Sam Gargan added it’s time to stop figuring out where first nations fit into government programs, and make their own.

All Chiefs are expected to vote on a resolution today regarding the AFN Fiscal renewal before the meeting wraps up.

 

Leaders from the Dehcho, Tlicho, and Akaticho First Nations in Dettah this week.

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Josh Campbell
Josh Campbell has returned to the CKLB News Team. He covered female university soccer and volleyball in New Brunswick, prior to graduating from Loyalist College in Mohawk Territory near Belleville, Ontario in 2007. He's covered politics and Indigenous stories in both the NWT and Yukon over the last 10 years.

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