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Provincial budget slashes indigenous funding in half – Two Row Times

April 17, 2019

TORONTO — The province of Ontario and it’s new Progressive Conservative government announced it’s first budget, cutting funding for indigenous programs and services in half.

The 2019 budget for the Ministry of Indigenous Affairs went from $146 million to $74.4 million in addition to major changes in northern communities.

The Association of Iroquois and Allied Indians issued a statement about the funding reduction saying the province’s indigenous affairs office was established to promote provincial partnerships with indigenous communties.

“By cutting the budget by almost 50% with no specifics could be a hard hit to many communities. Association of Iroquois and Allied Chiefs Joel Abram states “The potential repeal to the Far North Act is certainly a concern for our northern relations, and we are going to have to take a deeper look at how this budget will affect the investments in our communities…

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