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‘They’re looking for a hand up not a hand out’ says Alberta Indigenous Relations minister on cutting environment program – APTN News

by pmnationtalk on October 30, 201927 Views

A First Nation leader in Alberta is questioning the province’s decision to cut an environment program that helped First Nation communities go green.

The $57 million Indigenous Climate Leadership program was cut in Thursday’s budget – Jason Kenney’s first as a premier.

The program was created to help Indigenous communities develop renewable energy.

Rick Wilson, Alberta’s minister of Indigenous Relations, said the program that was cut wasn’t helping communities.

“When I went out to this summer, talking to stakeholders I heard a lot. They are looking for a hand up, not a hand out. And those initiatives were a hand out. So what we are looking at doing is real. My good friend, Willie Littlechild calls reconiciaction, not reconciliation.He said ‘Rick, I want you to look at reconciliaction.’”

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