AFN gets ready for sit down with Prime Minister to talk climate change

APTN National News
VANCOUVER — Chiefs withing the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) are still working out who will sit in on a meeting between Indigenous leaders and Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

The meeting is scheduled to take place in Vancouver, B.C., Wednesday at 3:00PT.

As of Wednesday morning, the AFN’s list was still being set.

Some of the chiefs who were scheduled to sit in on the meeting have stepped aside so that other members of the AFN can take part.

B.C Regional Chief Shane Gottfriedson is sitting out to allow Neskonlith Indian Band chief Judy Wilson to attend.

Athabasca Chipewyan Chief Allan Adam, who flew to Vancouver with out an invitation, will end up participating after AFN Regional Chief Bill Erasmus stepped aside.

And Manitoba Regional Chief Kevin Hart is allowing Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak (MKO) Grand Chief Sheila North Wilson to sit in.

Indigenous leaders meeting ahead of climate change meeting with Prime Minister 

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne has made a pitch for the premiers and prime minister to work together for the good of the Canadian economy at climate change talks in Vancouver.

Speaking before the opening plenary session of the Globe clean tech conference in Vancouver, Wynne said the clean economy is about creating jobs and the provinces and federal government can capitalize on creating prosperity if they can find a way to work together.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has already indicated he will sing the gospel of environmental innovation and the investment and job opportunities that come with it.

Trudeau will also commit some $150 million to two new clean tech funds in an effort to spur faster industry growth.

It’s the optimistic and widely appealing upside of the global low-carbon transition that 195 countries signed on to in Paris at COP21, the United Nations climate conference in December.

But the difficult, fractious and immediate realities of that transition appear likely to intrude before Trudeau’s day is over.

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— with files from The Canadian Press


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