B.C. chiefs promise more protests
- B.C. chiefs promise more protests
Last Updated: Friday, February 29, 2008 | 12:42 PM ET
The Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs said Canadians should brace themselves for another native day of protest.
Grand Chief Stewart Phillip said First Nations are furious over the lack of funding for economic development in this week's federal budget.
In November 2005, the Liberal government agreed in Kelowna to a five-year, $5-billion plan to improve the lives of First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples, but the agreement fell by the wayside under the current Conservative government.
In Phillip's view, it has been replaced by a trickle of funding for economic development.
"Thirty-five million dollars a year is tragically laughable in the face of the crisis First Nations find themselves in this country,'' he said during an interview with CBC on Thursday at a conference of B.C. chiefs in Vancouver.
Last year, the Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs joined a national day of protest that closed highways, roads and rail lines across the country.
Phillip said this year will be worse, and planning is already underway this week for a protest that will bring large parts of the country to a standstill.
"First Nations across this country are talking about the need to begin immediately the planning for another national day of protest, and I can guarantee that will happen as early as this summer,'' Phillip said.
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