Recently the Winnipeg Free Press published a story about the MOU, AMC signed with the Government of Canada. Unfortunately, they reported that the AMC received approx. $500,000 "to facilitate talks with province" on child welfare reforms. This is not the case. There was no dollar figure attached to the signing of the MOU. Grand Chief Arlen Dumas has written a letter to the Free Press outlining his concerns.
The historic signing of the Memorandum of Understanding today, December 7th, with Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs, Grand Chief Arlen Dumas; Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs, Carolyn Bennett; Minister of Indigenous Services, Jane Philpott.
AMC member First Nations passed a regional resolution on November 29, 2017 as well as obtained national support from the Assembly of First Nations via a resolution on December 6, 2017 for Manitoba First Nations to initiate a process for a Manitoba Regional Specific Fiscal Relations Table. Said table will allow our leadership to develop a new fiscal relationship between Canada and Manitoba First Nations that will deal with the chronic under-funding and the socio-economic gap between First Nations and non-First Nation citizens and the over-representation of Manitoba First Nations under INAC Default Prevention and Management Policy.