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posted 22 October 2005 04:09 PM      Profile for Hephaestion   Author's Homepage        Edit/Delete Post
(CBC) Prime Minister Paul Martin has invited First Nations leaders to meet federal and provincial heads at the first ministers meeting next month in Kelowna, B.C.

It's the first time aboriginal leaders have been invited to sit in on the top-level meeting, a spokesperson for the Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development said.

Martin added leaders from the Assembly of First Nations, the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, the Métis National Council, the Native Women's Association of Canada and the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples to the usual attendees ­ the provincial and territorial leaders.

"This meeting will be an important opportunity to further the work that has been done, over the past year and a half, to bridge the gap in the quality of life for aboriginal people," Martin said in a release Friday.

The invitation came just two days after the AFN pleaded with the government to fix the water supply in Kashechewan in northern Ontario.

"There has been no action by the federal government even though the community has been under a boil water advisory since 2003," the assembly said. "The situation is so bad that community members are calling for an immediate evacuation."

More than 100 First Nations communities must boil their water, it added.

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