On the heels of a major ruling by the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal, FSIN Chief Bobby Cameron had a meeting with the federal finance minister in Ottawa.
Chief Cameron provided Finance Minister Bill Morneau with a list of items they hope will be brought forward in the federal budget.
One of the focuses is on education. The FSIN says a First Nations student at an on-reserve school requires about $20-thousand a year for an education that will preserve language and culture.
They also hope the federal budget includes an investment into the First Nations housing shortage.
Chief Cameron says the FSIN strongly urged Minister Morneau to honour the Liberal campaign promise of putting $2.6 million dollars over 4 years to education.
Cameron says with the Tribunal’s announcement showing previous federal governments failing to meet human right requirements of children, they want to see a significant investment in First Nations youth.