Federal funding for the National Centre for First Nations Governance (NCFNG) has been cut by Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development. The Centre will no longer offer its popular nation rebuilding services and will close it doors by March 31, 2013.

“I am shocked and truly saddened by this decision. This government is making a grave mistake in eliminating the only institution that works directly with First Nations leaders, managers, youth, elders and citizens, supporting them as they rebuild their own systems of self-determining governance. We are here to help our communities move beyond the Indian Act, restore economic prosperity and close the gap in living conditions between First Nations people and other Canadians. Demand for our work has been incredible.” said Satsan, (Herb George), President, NCFNG.

The NCFNG offers innovative nation rebuilding services and has engaged over 300 First Nations across Canada in its short six year time frame. The Centre provides First Nations leaders and administrators with hands-on tools for fully engaging their citizens and taking responsibility for their future. With help from NCFNG, First Nations begin developing their own self-determining governance that moves them beyond the confines of the Indian Act to make real and lasting change for themselves…

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