AFNQL responds favourably to the federal budget
WENDAKE, QC, Feb. 27, 2018 – The Assembly of First Nations Quebec-Labrador (AFNQL) is encouraged by the budget tabled today by the federal government. The announcement of $4.75 billion in funding over a five-year period for self-government, housing, job training programs, drinking water, health and children’s services will meet certain urgent needs in our communities.
“If the federal government intends to continue building its relationship with the First Nations, we can say that today’s announcement will provide assistance in a number of chronically underfunded areas. The total of nearly $16.6 billionearmarked in the last three budgets demonstrates the federal government’s commitment to tackling various major social and economic problems that have been plaguing a very large proportion of our First Nations. We note that the funding announced for children’s services finally complies with legal orders issued by the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal. In the coming days, we will analyze the budget in greater detail to ensure that our population is well served, particularly as regards women’s safety, a situation that is of great concern to us,” said Ghislain Picard, Chief of the AFNQL.
About the AFNQL
The Assembly of First Nations Quebec-Labrador is the regional political organization regrouping the 43 Chiefs of the First Nations of Quebec and Labrador. www.apnql.com
For further information: Alain Garon, firstname.lastname@example.org, Communications Officer, Cell: (418) 254-4620