Treaty One Territory, Manitoba – Today, Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett, Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller, Justice Minister David Lametti, and Canadian Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault announced an additional $321 million in new funding targeted at addressing the legacy of the Indian Residential School System (IRS). The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs (AMC) issues this statement to acknowledge this new support aimed at healing and addressing the genocidal intent of the federal IRS policies.  

“The AMC welcomes these new commitments from the federal ministers to the First Nations within our Treaty and traditional territories to respond to and heal from the genocidal intent and ongoing impacts of the Indian Residential School policies,” stated Grand Chief Arlen Dumas. “The AMC was not advised ahead of time of this funding by the federal and elected officials who were in Treaty One territory last week as part of the Treaty One commemoration events; however, First Nations in Manitoba will access and utilize this funding as one measure for reparations for the past sins of the federal government and the churches who were, and continue to be, complacent in the crimes committed against First Nations.”  

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