Ogichidaa Francis Kavanaugh optimistic about federal governments promises made in throne speech
Ogichidaa Francis Kavanaugh, Grand Chief of Treaty #3 is looking forward to seeing the federal government work on all of its promises to Indigenous people and is optimistic that through partnership and meaningful consultation with First Nations we can improve and build upon the nation-to-nation relationship.
Highlights included a promise to co-develop new legislation with Indigenous peoples to improve access to culturally relevant health care and mental health services, compensate First Nations children who were subjected to the discriminatory child welfare system, and continue to implement the calls for justice of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG).
The federal government also says it will introduce legislation to implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) in the first year of the new mandate. Grand Council Treaty #3 eagerly awaits to see the contents of the ministerial mandate letters and is hopeful that the nation-to-nation relationship and our shared effort at reconciliation will be continue moving forward. The co-development of legislation, when conducted in full partnership with the respect of a nation-to-nation relationship, will assist the Anishinaabe Nation in Treaty 3 achieve its long-term goal of revitalizing its nationhood.