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L’Assemblée des Premières Nations annonce le nom des délégués des Premières Nations qui se rendront dans la Cité du Vatican

(Ottawa, ON) – L’Assemblée des Premières Nations (APN) dévoile aujourd’hui le nom et  le titre des 13 délégués des Premières Nations qui se rendront dans la Cité du Vatican en  décembre prochain pour rencontrer Sa Sainteté le pape François. Les délégués  représentent des régions des Premières Nations d’un océan à l’autre. Le Chef régional  des Territoires du Nord-Ouest (TNO), Norman Yakeleya, titulaire du portefeuille des  gardiens du savoir, des pensionnats indiens et des anciens combattants des Premières  Nations, est le Chef de la délégation. En plus d’inclure des survivants de pensionnats  voués à l’assimilation et au génocide, la délégation comprend également deux  représentants des jeunes.  

« Notre rencontre au mois de décembre est la prochaine étape de la concrétisation de  l’appel à l’action no 58 de la CVR », a déclaré le Chef régional Yakeleya. « Et bien que les  excuses de Sa Sainteté soient si importantes, il est également important de réfléchir à ce  qui se passe dans un monde post-excuses. C’est en partie la raison pour laquelle nous  sommes honorés de compter sur deux jeunes délégués. Cette rencontre est l’occasion  de façonner l’avenir de nos enfants et de leurs enfants. » 

Les 13 délégués des Premières Nations représentant l’APN sont : 

• Norman Yakeleya, nation dénée, Chef régional de l’APN pour les T.N.-O.,  chef de la délégation 

• Dr Wilton Littlechild, nation crie d’Ermineskin , representant de l’Alberta • Fred Kelly, Première Nation ojibway d’Onigaming, conseiller spirituel • Phil Fontaine, Première Nation de Sagkeeng, représentant du Manitoba • John Bekale, nation dénée, représentant des Territoires du Nord-Ouest 

• Adeline Webber, Clan Kukhhiittan de la nation Teslin Tlingit,  

représentante du Yukon 

• Kukpi7 Cheffe Roseanne Casimir, Première Nation Tk’emlúps te  Secwépemc, représentante de la Colombie-Britannique 

• Cheffe Marie-Anne Day Walker-Pelletier, Première Nation Okanese,  représentante de la Saskatchewan 

• Marlene Cloud, Première Nation des Chippewas de Kettle et Stony Point,  représentante de l’Ontario 

• Grande Cheffe Mandy Gull-Masty, Première Nation crie de Waswanipi,  représentante du Québec 

• Rosalie LaBillois, Première Nation d’Eel River Bar, représentante du  Nouveau-Brunswick 

• Marlene Thomas, Première Nation de Lennox Island, représentante de  l’Île-du-Prince-Édouard 

• Phyllis Googoo, Première Nation de Waycobah, représentante de la  Nouvelle-Écosse et de Terre-Neuve 

• Taylor Behn-Tsakoza, Première Nation de Fort Nelson, représentant des  jeunes 

Les délégués des Premières Nations partiront pour Rome le 14 décembre 2021 avant de  rencontrer le Saint-Père le 20 décembre 2021. Des délégations semblables représentant  l’Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK) et le Ralliement national des Métis (RNM) se joindront à la  délégation de l’APN.  

De plus amples informations sur la délégation continueront d’être affichées sur les sites  Internet de l’APN et de la Conférence des évêques catholiques du Canada (CECC).  

L’APN est l’organisation nationale qui représente les peuples des Premières Nations au Canada.  Suivez l’APN sur Twitter : @AFN_Updates. 

Assembly of First Nations announces names of First Nation delegates travelling to Vatican City

(Ottawa, ON) – Today, the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) is releasing the names and  titles of the 13 First Nation delegates who will travel to Vatican City this upcoming December to meet with His Holiness Pope Francis. The delegates represent First Nations  regions from coast to coast to coast. Northwest Territories (NWT) Regional Chief  Norman Yakeleya, portfolio holder of Knowledge Keepers, Residential Schools and First  Nations Veterans, is the delegation lead. In addition to including Survivors of residential  institutions of assimilation and genocide, the delegation also includes two youth  representatives.  

“Our gathering in December is the next step in completing TRC Call to Action #58,” said  Regional Chief Yakeleya. “And while the apology from His Holiness is so important, it’s  also important to think about what happens in a post-apology world. That’s part of the  reason we’re honoured to have two youth delegates. This gathering is an opportunity to  shape the future for our children and their children.” 

The 13 First Nation delegates representing the AFN are: 

• AFN NWT Regional Chief Norman Yakeleya, Dene Nation, Delegation Lead • Dr. Wilton Littlechild, Ermineskin Cree Nation, Alberta Representative • Fred Kelly, Ojibways of Onigaming First Nation, Spiritual Advisor • Phil Fontaine, Sagkeeng First Nation, Manitoba Representative 

• John Bekale, Dene Nation, Northwest Territories Representative 

• Adeline Webber, Kukhhiittan Clan of the Teslin Tlingit Nation, Yukon  Representative 

• Kukpi7 Chief Roseanne Casimir, Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation,  British Columbia Representative 

• Chief Marie-Anne Day Walker-Pelletier, Okanese First Nation,  Saskatchewan Representative 

• Marlene Cloud, Chippewas of Kettle & Stony Point First Nation, Ontario  Representative 

• Grand Chief Mandy Gull-Masty, Cree First Nation of Waswanipi, Quebec  Representative 

• Rosalie LaBillois, Eel River Bar First Nation, New Brunswick  


• Marlene Thomas, Lennox Island First Nation, Prince Edward Island  Representative 

• Phyllis Googoo, Waycobah First Nation, Nova Scotia & Newfoundland  Representative 

• Taylor Behn-Tsakoza, Fort Nelson First Nation, Youth Representative 

The First Nation delegates will travel to Rome on December 14, 2021 before gathering  with the Holy Father on December 20, 2021. The delegation from the AFN will join  similar groups representing Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK) and the Métis National Council (MNC).  

Further details of the delegation will continue to be made available through the AFN  and Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) websites.  

The AFN is the national organization representing First Nations citizens in Canada. Follow AFN on Twitter @AFN_Updates.

BCNU report exposes overwhelming toll the COVID-19 pandemic is having on nurses

Latest research highlights harsh reality from the frontlines and  future impacts on nurse staffing levels across BC 

Findings from a recent survey conducted during the height of the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, are  offering a sobering look at just how difficult working conditions have become for nurses providing care to British  Columbians during these incredibly difficult times. 

The report, The Future of Nursing: Impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic and the Nursing Shortage in British  Columbia, compiles responses from BCNU members on a series of questions related to staffing and workload,  access to PPE, and their experience of workplace violence amid the pandemic. The conclusions are  disheartening; many nurses reporting that they have now reached the point where emotional and physical toll of  the pandemic has become too much to manage. 

“Thirty-five per cent of nurses surveyed said the experience of the pandemic has led them to consider leaving  nursing altogether. Fifty-one per cent of those working in the ER and ICU said the same which is especially  worrisome given the lack of specialty-trained nurses in the system right now. This is heartbreaking,” says BCNU  Interim vice president Danette Thomsen. “These nurses have been dedicated to their patients since before the  pandemic, but the fragility of the health-care system and the lack of investments in their profession is bringing  them to the point where they don’t know how much longer they can continue.” 

A staggering 85% of nurses reported their mental health had worsened since the pandemic, and 65% said their  physical health had declined. When it came to workloads, 76% said they’d seen an increase compared to before  the pandemic; 68% reported that staffing was inadequate over the last three months. 

Thomsen says it’s critical the government pays attention to these latest findings to mitigate the devastating  impacts on BC’s health-care system, especially as the province continues to manage a very challenging fourth  wave. 

“We are seeing these statistics play out in our health-care settings as staffing levels reach lows that are forcing  some nurses, including those who have only just started their careers, to question how much longer they can  commit to this fight,” says Thomsen. “Without immediate investments and swift action by the government, we are  truly concerned that access to quality, safe health care will continue to deteriorate at the cost of patient care and  our nurses. 

To set up an interview, please contact the BCNU Media Department at

The New Relationship Trust Foundation (NRTF) is pleased to share a scholarship opportunity from Beedie Luminaries which is available to Grade 12 students from British Columbia (BC).

Beedie Luminaries offers a comprehensive scholarship program for Grade 12 students across British Columbia who face financial or other adversities, but have the academic readiness, grit, desire and potential to achieve their dreams and inspire others. Recipients will each receive up to $40,000 towards their post-secondary studies at any public university, college or trade school in B.C. This year, in light of the labour shortage within the skilled trades sector, we would like to particularly encourage students considering a career in the trades to apply. 
Eligibility Criteria:
An eligible 2022 applicant must:
Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident since 2019;Be a full-time resident of British Columbia;Be in their final year of high school, entering into full-time studies in a first bachelor degree, first diploma/certificate, or first trades program at one of the eligible public post-secondary institutions listedBe ineligible for the BC Tuition Waiver Program (for former youth in care);Have a minimum cumulative average of 75% (or equivalent) for grade 11 and available grade 12 marks based on Universities Canada’s Calculation of Average Policy**; andHave faced financial adversity
Want to apply?
For more information and to submit your application please visit:
Applications are due January 13, 2022 at 9am PST.
Please note, the application period for Beedie Luminaries’ SPARK scholarship program for single parents will open in March 2022.  
Beedie Luminaries Open House
Beedie Luminaries will be hosting a virtual Open House for all students, community partners and school administrators interested in learning more about the program and how to apply. Students will also be able to connect with current Beedie Luminaries. 
When: Thursday, November 25, 4 pm – 5 pm 
To secure a spot and access the link, please email
By investing in Indigenous post-secondary education, the NRT Foundation and Partners are building the capacity of our communities, enhancing employment opportunities for graduates, and creating the skilled work force that will enable BC to meet its future economic and social development needs.
Respectfully on behalf of the NRT Foundation Team 

Former Anishinabek Nation Head Getzit Mishomis Gordon Waindubence begins his journey into the Spirit World

NISHINABEK NATION HEAD OFFICE (November 24, 2021) – It is with profound sadness to announce that former Anishinabek Nation Head Getzit Mishomis Gordon Waindubence (Shiikenh) has begun his journey into the Spirit World today at his home in Sheguiandah First Nation surrounded by the warmth and love of his family. 

“It is during this time that we send our thoughts and love to his family and loved ones. We are forever grateful to his family for selflessly sharing their patriarch with us in this lifetime,” states Anishinabek Nation Grand Council Chief Reg Niganobe. “As his journey to the Spirit World begins, he will be greatly missed earthside. His Spirit will have many songs and prayers in his honour from across the Anishinabek Nation that will help guide him along his way. His teachings and kindness extended to each of our 39 communities and beyond and will continue to be shared well into the future. On behalf of the Anishinabek Nation, we express our unending gratitude to Getzit and his loving family. Baa maa pii.” 

Getzit always had a grand vision for the Anishinabek Nation. He travelled across all of Turtle Island to visit Anishinabek to gain knowledge through ceremony and song.  He gave the Anishinabek Nation Leadership direction on how to build a nation — one filled with deeply-rooted tradition, culture, and Anishinaabemowin. He sought to bring back the Dodemaag (Clan) system and create an Anishinaabe Chi-Naaknigewin (constitution) in order to strengthen traditional governance. Getzit provided education and awareness of Treaties and the importance of not only our relationship with settler governments, but especially amongst each other as Anishinaabe people and with Mother Earth. Getzit lived by and embodied the Seven Grandfather Teachings in his day-to-day activities and in his Teachings he shared with anyone who had the willingness to listen and learn. Those fortunate to have had the opportunity to participate in Getzit’s Dodemaag Teachings, ceremonies, or share in some cedar tea with him, will know that he also had a great sense of humour and infectious laugh.

Last week, the Anishinabek Nation proclaimed June 6 the Anishinabek Nation holiday, Anishinabek Giizhigad, in honour of the historic proclamation of the Anishinaabe Chi-Naaknigewin.  

Although Getzit imparted everlasting knowledge and made impactful contributions in many areas at the Anishinabek Nation, one of his greatest contributions is the guidance and dedication he shared in the development of the Anishinaabe Chi-Naaknigewin and the Ngo Dwe Waangizid Anishinaabe (One Anishinaabe Family). The Anishinaabe Chi-Naaknigewin was developed in consultation with Anishinabek First Nations leaders and citizens over the course of 13 years. Throughout this period, the consultations process was done according to proper protocols, rules, order, and ceremonies, including Dodemaag (Clan) teachings led by Getzit.

In 2011, the Anishinaabe Chi-Naaknigewin Preamble, Ngo Dwe Waangizid Anishinaabe, was approved by Chiefs-in-Assembly. The Preamble contains instructions on how to live according to the Laws the Creator has given to the Anishinabek. Getzit sat with an Elders Council to create the Ngo Dwe Waangizid Anishinaabe, which provides the context and the spirit and intent in which the Anishinaabe Chi-Naaknigewin is understood.

The Anishinabek Nation will be eternally grateful for the Teachings, leadership, and friendship received from Getzit throughout the years and will honour him by carrying those Teachings and continuing the work he so strongly supported.

The Anishinabek Nation offices will be closed for the remainder of this week.

The Anishinabek Nation is a political advocate for 39 member First Nations across Ontario, representing approximately 65,000 citizens.  The Anishinabek Nation is the oldest political organization in Ontario and can trace its roots back to the Confederacy of Three Fires, which existed long before European contact.

Métis Nation–Saskatchewan (MN–S) is pleased to welcome delegates to the Fall 2021 Métis Nation Legislative Assembly (MNLA) in Saskatoon.

Following the Grand Entry, President McCallum will deliver his State of the Nation address at 9:30 am, and officially open the first in-person MNLA since fall 2019. The new President of the Provincial Métis Youth Council (PMYC) will then be sworn in and at 10:00 am, a special signing ceremony will take place between MN–S and University of Saskatchewan partners.

President of the Métis National Council Cassidy Caron joins dignitaries Little Pine First Nation Chief Wayne Segmaganis and Saskatoon Mayor Charlie Clark in bringing greetings to the to Pairieland Park gathering at 10:30 am. 

Before delegates wrap up the first day of the MNLA, the winners of the MN–S “This is your shot” vaccine incentive will be announced. 

Members of your media outlet are cordially invited to attend the event, recognizing some COVID-19 protocols remain in place and will be adhered to. This event is closed to the public. Delegates are required to show photo ID, double vaccination verification, and positively pass symptom and temperature checks.

WHERE: Prairieland Park, Saskatoon

                503 Ruth St. West

DATE: Saturday, November 27, 2021

TIME: 9:00 am

A proposed Fall 2021 MNLA agenda is available here.


(Ottawa, ON) – La Chef nationale de l’Assemblée des Premières Nations (APN), RoseAnne  Archibald, affirme que le discours du Trône d’aujourd’hui, le premier de la Gouverneure  générale Mary Simon, manque d’actions concrètes et d’un engagement suffisamment fort pour  tracer un véritable chemin de guérison pour les Premières Nations et tous les Canadiens. 

« Bien que ce discours du Trône comporte des commentaires sur un certain nombre de  domaines prioritaires pour les Premières Nations, il contient peu d’actions concrètes », a déclaré  la Cheffe nationale de l’APN, RoseAnne Archibald. « Les Premières Nations sont à l’aube d’un  changement transformateur et, alors que toutes et tous s’efforcent de se rétablir de la  pandémie en cours, le discours du Trône d’aujourd’hui devait paver une voie vers la guérison  pour les Premières Nations et tous les Canadiens, et il en a été loin aujourd’hui. » 

Le discours du Trône, intitulé Bâtir une économie résiliente : un avenir plus propre et plus sain  pour nos enfants, a été prononcé aujourd’hui à la Chambre des communes, ouvrant ainsi la  première session du 44e Parlement. « Le gouvernement du Canada a donné la priorité au logement et aux services de garde  d’enfants, mais de nombreuses Premières Nations ont surtout besoin de logements sociaux et  beaucoup n’ont même pas de garderies offrant des services de garde à 10 $ par jour. Nous  demanderons des engagements plus fermes et des plans d’action particuliers dans ces  domaines. Nous saluons les promesses faites pour lutter contre le changement climatique et la  perte de biodiversité, ainsi que la reconnaissance du rôle des connaissances traditionnelles  autochtones. Parallèlement, il est raisonnable et juste de s’attendre à ce que les engagements  relatifs à la violence sexiste et à l’élaboration d’une stratégie de lutte contre le racisme  bénéficient de la participation et des points de vue des Premières Nations. En fin de compte,  nous sommes impatients de travailler avec le gouvernement fédéral à l’élaboration conjointe de  plans d’action en ce qui concerne les priorités des Premières Nations. »  

Les engagements énoncés dans le discours du Trône d’aujourd’hui comprennent également : 

-Créer d’une Agence Canadienne de l’eau du Canada pour préserver les ressources  hydriques; 

-Élaborer une stratégie nationale d’adaptation pour faire face aux urgences  environnementales; 

-Accroître la collaboration avec les partenaires autochtones pour mettre fin à la violence  à l’encontre des femmes, des filles et des personnes 2ELGBTQQIA+ autochtones  disparues et assassinées. 

-Veiller à ce que les communautés autochtones disposent du soutien dont elles ont  besoin pour que les familles demeurent unies et offrir une compensation juste et  équitable aux personnes lésées par le programme de services à l’enfance et à la famille  des Premières Nations. 

Lors des récentes élections fédérales générales, l’APN a lancé la plateforme Le chemin de la guérison : Priorités fédérales de 2021 pour renforcer et reconstruire les Premières Nations, qui  détaille les domaines prioritaires pour le renforcement, la reconstruction et la guérison des  Premières Nations. Cette plateforme peut être consultée à l’adresse suivante : Le chemin de la  guérison – Assemblée des Premières Nations ( 


(Ottawa, ON) – Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief RoseAnne Archibald says today’s  Speech from the Throne, the first from Governor General Mary Simon, lacks concrete actions  and strong enough commitment to building a true healing path forward for First Nations and all  Canadians.  

“While this Throne Speech provides commentary on a number of priority areas for First Nations,  it is short on detailed action,” said AFN National Chief RoseAnne Archibald. “First Nations are on  the cusp of transformative change and as everyone works to recover from the ongoing  pandemic, today’s Speech from the Throne needed to chart a healing path forward for First  Nations and all Canadians, and it fell short on that today.”  

The Throne Speech, titled Building a Resilient Economy: A Cleaner & Healthier Future for Our  Kids was delivered in the House of Commons today, opening the first session of the  44thParliament.  

“The Government of Canada has prioritized housing and childcare, yet many First Nations  require predominantly social housing and many even don’t have daycare centres in which to  administer $10/day childcare. We will seek stronger commitments and specific action plans in  those areas. We welcome promises made to addressing climate change and biodiversity loss,  and the acknowledgement of the role of Indigenous traditional knowledge. At the same time,  it’s a reasonable and fair expectation that the commitments on gender-based violence and the  development of an anti-racism strategy will have First Nations involvement and perspectives.  Ultimately, we look forward to working with the federal government on building joint action  plans for First Nations priorities.”  

The commitments set out in today’s Speech from the Throne also include:
– Creating a Canada Water Agency to safeguard water resources
-Developing a National Adaptation Strategy to address environmental emergencies
– Accelerating work with Indigenous partners to end violence against Missing and
Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls and 2SLGBTQQIA+ People
– Ensuring Indigenous communities have the support they need to keep families together
and fair and equitable compensation to those harmed by the First Nations Child and
Family Services Program

During the recent general federal election, the AFN launched The Healing Path Forward: 2021  Federal Priorities for Strengthening and Rebuilding First Nations platform, which outlines the  priority areas for strengthening, rebuilding and healing First Nations and can be found here: The  Healing Path Forward | Assembly of First Nations ( 

Throne Speech Priorities are Encouraging for Inuit Women: Pauktuutit

OTTAWA, November 23, 2021 – Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada welcomes the direction signaled by the federal government in today’s Throne Speech as it focuses on making progress toward reconciliation, advancing gender equality, and accelerating action to tackle climate change.  

Pauktuutit is encouraged to hear the government highlighting the need to work in partnership with Inuit to address systemic inequities faced by Inuit women. Priority issues such as lack of access to quality health care, the highest rates of gender-based violence in Canada, and the lack of inexpensive healthy food, including access to country food which climate change threatens with warming temperatures and thawing permafrost, require urgent action and new investments.

One of the government’s immediate priorities is to implement a plan to support systemic change to end the tragedy of missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls, (MMIWG), and 2SLGBTQQIA+ people. “Inuit women’s voices and leadership must be at the forefront of this work for Inuit – at the national, regional, and community levels,” said Rebecca Kudloo, President of Pauktuutit.

Pauktuutit believes a distinctions-based approach toward reconciliation with Inuit is essential for concrete progress to be realized. “We are encouraged by the government’s pledge to implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) as quickly as possible.  Pauktuutit looks forward to providing a Gender-based Analysis Plus (GBA+) lens at all discussion tables, as full and equal participants in the federal government’s plan to implement UNDRIP,” said Kudloo.

President Kudloo is meeting with newly appointed cabinet ministers to share Pauktuutit’s recommendations on public policy and program areas that are critical to improving the lives of Inuit women, girls, and 2SLGBTQQIA people, across Inuit Nunangat and the south. Kudloo looks forward to working together with key ministers to achieve progress on new shelters and transition housing, increased access to Inuit midwifery services, and empowering Inuit women’s leadership in the months ahead.     

Pauktuutit is the national representative organization for Inuit women in Canada. Its mission is to foster a greater awareness of the needs of Inuit women and to encourage their participation in community, regional and national concerns in relation to social, cultural, and economic development.



Wendake, November 22, 2021 – On the eve of the Grand Economic Circle of Indigenous Peoples and Quebec, it appears essential for us to remind the Legault government that any and all prospects aimed at supporting a sustainable economy for our Nations must absolutely and without hesitation, create space for the inevitable and long overdue discussion on lands issues. The only way that First Nations will ever attain true and full participation in the Quebec economy is by finally having this discussion, openly and honestly, and truly pave the way for First Nations communities to blossom and prosper in the same way that non-indigenous communities can, and do, in Quebec. 

In a few days, elected officials, First Nations and Quebec business representatives as well as representatives from the general population will be gathering to discuss and explore ways to accelerate the economic growth of our Nations which have been on the margins of development in this province for far too long. We would like to thank all the businesses and organizations that have agreed to take part in this exercise and who are demonstrating concrete commitments to the full participation of Indigenous Peoples in the economy. 

The context in which our Peoples are currently evolving requires a major turnaround, particularly in order to eliminate the enormous gap that separates the living conditions of Indigenous Peoples from those of the general population in the province. In order to materialize this “turnaround” that we must collectively make, we must address several issues that are too often hidden, such as the housing crisis in our communities, the unemployment rate that is three times higher for our populations and the difficult access to financing for our entrepreneurs. 

And since economic development is inextricably linked to our socio-economic future, we have to talk about it! 

We would like to remind you of this today, because we have too often experienced this type of meeting where the Quebec government tried to avoid recognizing the inextricable link between our lands and socio-economic development of our communities. 

Beyond the opportunity presented by this major economic event, it is essential for us to reiterate our determination to have our rights, our ancestral territories and our self-determining governments respected. The AFNQL Chiefs have sent Premier Legault the text of a Declaration that reminds the Quebec government of their (the Chiefs) shared principles on the question of lands and resources and on the approach to their development. The Chiefs request that Mr. Legault’s

government be mindful and respectful of this Declaration. The fundamental principles that must guide the relationship between our governments and that of Quebec are clear: 

• The right to free, prior and informed consent in decision-making of non-indigenous  governments for any project impacting our lands and resources;

• The right to government to government co-management, through joint and respectful land  management practices, including decision-making; 

• Respect by non-indigenous governments for the sacred relationship between land use, land  development, resource use and the preservation of our ways of life, languages and cultures; • The right to economic benefits, including the sharing of natural resources and the collection  of royalties from past, present and future use of our lands and resources. 

The Grand Economic Circle of Indigenous Peoples and Quebec event will be a great opportunity for the Legault government to distinguish itself from its predecessors by showing political courage in addressing the issues that concern our ancestral lands and resources. If Quebec enjoys an economic status that may be the envy of other governments, it is largely due to the exploitation of resources on our lands. Is it not high time that First Nations enjoy the same opportunities?