The historic Crown-First Nations meeting that took place in Ottawa on Jan. 24 led to government commitments to an economic task force, the review of an education report and a commitment to remove barriers to First Nations self-governance, but chiefs say the meeting’s real accomplishment was the opportunity to communicate their message to a nation-wide audience.

Ahead of the meeting, many of the hundreds of First Nations chiefs who made their way to Ottawa to attend the historic Crown-First Nations meeting were vocal in the media about the fact that they wanted the meeting to result in action, not just a “photo-op” of “symbolic” gestures…

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