First Nations funding cap is gone, but more action needed, lawyer says – CBC

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First Nations funding cap is gone, but more action needed, lawyer says – CBC

by ahnationtalk on April 28, 2016193 Views

Apr 27, 2016

‘It’s not that this is charity, these are programs and services that every other citizen in Canada receives’

A Nova Scotia lawyer with a speciality in Aboriginal law said lifting the two per cent cap on annual increases to First Nations budgets is a good start to making sure communities get services they need, but how those services are delivered has to improve as well.

Naiomi Metallic told CBC’s Mainstreet it’s encouraging that the federal Liberal government has reversed a despised 19-year cap on funding for First Nations.

First imposed by the Liberal government in 1996, the two per cent cap was a limit the Department of Indigenous and Northern Affairs placed on annual increases to First Nations budgets.

Read More: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/first-nations-funding-cap-lawyer-naiomi-metallic-1.3556075

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