First Nations leaders wait for details on federal COVID-19 school funding –

Alvin Fiddler says First Nations don’t want a proposal-based funding approach.

THUNDER BAY — Acting Ontario Regional Chief Alvin Fiddler isn’t completely satisfied, but says the federal government’s announcement of $112 million to support the First Nations education community will help ensure a safe return to school for students attending class on reserves.

Prime Minister Trudeau announced the funding Wednesday.

In a statement in Thunder Bay, Fiddler welcomed the announcement.

However, he also expressed some concerns.

“The delay in addressing the ongoing funding requests to ensure the health and safety of First Nations children returning to school on-reserve has been very distressing to leadership across the region,” Fiddler said.

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