Meeting of Premiers and Indigenous Leaders – August 27, 2014 – Charlottetown, PEI
Assembly of First Nations National Chief Ghislain Picard participated in a meeting of Premiers, Territorial Leaders and leaders of National Aboriginal Organizations Wednesday August 27, 2014 in advance of the Council of the Federation Summit in Charlottetown, PEI.
National Chief Picard spoke to the urgent need for action to end violence against Indigenous women and girls, and outlined other key priorities for First Nations, including education, economic development, housing, national disaster mitigation, child and family services and health. Following the meeting, National Chief Picard wrote to Premiers and leaders and submitted the paper “Taking Action Together on Shared Priorities: for the future of Indigenous Peoples and all of Canada” outlining specific recommendations in priority areas. Both the letter and paper are available at www.afn.ca and directly at: http://www.afn.ca/index.php/en/national-chief/highlights-from-the-national-chief/letter-to-the-premiers-from-national-chief-picard-afn-submission-to-th.
Premiers and Territorial Leaders renewed their support for a National Public Commission of Inquiry and agreed to call for a national roundtable with federal ministers as an interim measure to move action forward. Additionally, they agreed to work together on the development of a Socio-economic Action Plan for Aboriginal women at the upcoming National Aboriginal Women’s Summit taking place in October, 2014 in Nova Scotia to address ongoing challenges and root causes of vulnerability to violence.
First Nations across Canada continue to make individual and collective efforts to improve the lives of all of their citizens, including taking steps to address the systemic barriers currently preventing safety and security for women, girls and families. Chiefs-in-Assembly have led a personal pledge to take all efforts to end violence and endorsed a national action plan in 2012. The Assembly of First Nations will continue to strongly advocate for immediate action to end violence which includes but is not limited to a National Public Commission of Inquiry.