Lifting First Nations funding cap will take time, AFN's Perry Bellegarde says
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau promised to immediately lift the two-per-cent cap on annual funding increases for First Nations on-reserve programming, but newly released documents show that has not happened yet.
The Liberal government has committed a historic $8.4 billion for indigenous communities over the next five years to address issues such as First Nations education, safe drinking water on reserves and child welfare services. But those investments are targeted and time-limited, with about $801 million promised for after the next federal election.
Meanwhile, newly released figures from the Indigenous Affairs Department show its base funding for fiscal 2016-17, which is what the two-per-cent annual increase has always been applied to, grew by about $107 million over last year. That amounts to the same two-per-cent annual increase that has been in place for two decades.