Shawn A-in-chut Atleo, national chief of the Assembly of First Nations, periodically addresses his constituents and other interested parties via the Internet. In September’s address he reviews the year’s work and the work ahead, from continuing to keep education a priority, to improving the relationships of aboriginals with the federal government so as to increase self-determination, to building safe and secure First Nations communities.
“The meeting in Moncton produced a tremendous amount of work,” he said of the July General Assembly in Moncton, New Brunswick, generating “lots of of strong resolutions providing us with very strong direction.”
Priorities include transforming the First Nations–federal fiscal relationship into a nation-to-nation relationship; improving infrastructure and other issues to make sure communities are safe, secure and have basic infrastructure, and keeping education prominent on the radar.
“I am very grateful that the chiefs’ leaders continue to make education a top priority,” he said.