Indigenous leaders want seat at health-care reform talks – Timmins Today

‘I’m very disappointed that we’re not there and that they’re advocating on our behalf when really our First Nation leaders should be there,’ says grand chief

As the country’s top politicians sit down to talk about health-care reform, Indigenous leaders are looking for a seat at the table.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is meeting with provincial and territorial premiers today to work on a new health funding deal. The premiers are looking for a substantial increase in the federal government’s healthcare funding to the provinces and territories.

Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief RoseAnne Archibald wrote to the Prime Minister asking to be at the discussions. The request was denied, however, she was assured by cabinet ministers that the federal government would “advocate” for First Nations’ health priorities, according to the AFN.

Timmins-James Bay MP Charlie Angus, Mushkegowuk Grand Chief Alison Linklater and Kashechewan Chief Gaius Wesley held a news conference this morning pushing for Indigenous inclusion in health-care negotiations. They all support the discussions taking place.

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