Manitoba MLAs Voted Unanimously Across Party Lines Today To Work Toward Improving Services in First Nations Communities

Manitoba MLAs from all parties put aside partisan politics today to voice their concerns about the federal government’s failure to meet its duty to fully fund services such as education, health-care services and services for children in care in First Nations communities.

The vote in the Legislative Assembly this afternoon (Oct. 26, 2016) was in response to a motion by NDP MLA Wab Kinew. The motion stated: “That the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba condemn the Federal Government’s inaction in equitably funding social services for First Nations people.”

Manitoba NDP Welcomes the Federal Government Apology For the Forced Relocation of the Sayisi Dene

Tadoule Lake, MB--Tom Lindsey, the NDP MLA for Flin Flon, today welcomed the Government of Canada’s apology for the forced relocation of the Sayisi Dene from their homelands in 1956.

“The tragic results are one of the shameful stories in Canadian history,” said Lindsey. “More than a third of the 250 band members died after the government moved them from their traditional land at Little Duck lake to an exposed piece of tundra near Churchill.”

Statement from Nahanni Fontaine on the National Inquiry on MMIWG

Today reflects the thirty-plus years of courageous and resilient work that families of missing and murdered indigenous women and girls across the country have pursued in honour of their loved ones. Today marks the culmination of a long and difficult journey in gaining recognition and justice for MMIWG families' daughters, mothers, sisters, grandmothers, cousins, lovers and friends.

This is an historic moment for Canada, and indeed, for families and communities across the country.