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Moral imperative’: Kenney meets with Indigenous leaders over promised $1-billion corporation – Edmonton Journal

by ahnationtalk on June 11, 201947 Views

June 11, 2019

Premier Jason Kenney said partnering with Alberta First Nations in resource development is an “economic and moral imperative,” kicking off a Monday meeting with dozens of Indigenous leaders.

“There are still too many (Indigenous) Albertans who live in poverty, who do not enjoy the prosperity of this province,” he said at Government House, speaking after an hours-long meeting with chiefs and proxy chiefs from the majority of the province’s 48 First Nations. “It was a very positive and constructive atmosphere.”

Participants discussed the $1-billion Indigenous Opportunities Corporation (rebranded from the Aboriginal Opportunities Corporation), which was promised by the UCP during the election campaign.

Grand Chief of Treaty 6 First Nations of Alberta Wilton Littlechild said the gathering was a chance to discuss economic opportunities, a topic he said is too often overlooked.

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