Canada holds indigenous summit

National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations Phil Fontaine

Indian by any other name.


The federal government is expected to announce on Friday that it will commit as much as C$4bn (US$3.4bn) over the next five years to improve living conditions on native reserves, according to AP news agency.

The package will be spent on housing, health care, education and economic development.

"Canada has a Third World in its front yard and back alleys," said Phil Fontaine, chief of the Assembly of First Nations, earlier this week.

"That is a national tragedy and an international embarrassment."

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