Major Meeting Planned for Canadian and US Chiefs

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Posted by Rebecca on April 12, 1999 at 15:20:21:

I found this interesting article on the net:

Major Indian Groups To Hold

O T T A W A (AP)

Two of the largest Indian organizations in Canada
and the United States plan to meet jointly for the
first time to discuss common problems and
strategies for solving them.

The Assembly of First Nations, Canada's main
federation of Indian chiefs, and the U.S.-based
National Congress of American Indians will meet in
Vancouver in late July, assembly leader Phil
Fontaine told a news conference Monday.
"There are many common issues related to land,
access to resources, the treaty relationship,
poverty-related issues, self-sufficiency and the like,"
Fontaine said.

"It is not good enough, in the common struggle that
we're engaged in, to confine ourselves domestically
... our issues must be elevated internationally," he

The organizations hope to emerge from the meeting
with recommendations on how they can work
together. One preliminary idea is to post reciprocal
The four-day meeting is expected to attract 5,000

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