By Jorge Barrera
APTN National News
The regional chief for Ontario is calling for an emergency Assembly of First Nations meeting to deal with the controversial First Nation education bill currently before Parliament.
Ontario regional Chief Stan Beardy sent a fax to all of the AFN’s regional chiefs and to AFN National Chief Shawn Atleo Thursday morning calling for the meeting to be held in Ottawa on May 14.
Beardy is part of the AFN executive representing Ontario at the table.
“As you are aware, Bill C-33, the Harper government’s proposed First Nations Control of First Nations Education Act went up for its first debate on second reading in the House of Commons on April 30 despite it not going for national debate of First Nations by the chiefs in this country,” states Beardy in the fax. “I am requesting that the AFN executive immediately call for a Confederacy of Nations meeting.”
Beardy stated he was invoking Article 14 of the AFN charter that gives members of the AFN’s executive committee the ability to request a special session.
Atleo supports Bill C-33.
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