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MEDIA ADVISORY – First Nations Finance Authority to Hold News Conference on Parliament Hill Urging Canada to Choose Partnership Over Paternalism to Close the Infrastructure Gap for First Nations

Press Release

OTTAWA, ON, March 21, 2023 – First Nations Finance Authority (FNFA), joined by chiefs and leaders from communities across Canada, will hold a news conference to recommend a new approach in the upcoming federal budget so that First Nations can begin to bridge the infrastructure gap now.

Canada is falling far short of its pledge to improve the living conditions of First Nations and close the infrastructure gap with the rest of Canada by 2030.

When: Wednesday, March 22, 2023, at 12:30 PM.
Where: Room 135B, West Block, Parliament Hill


Ernie Daniels, President and CEO, First Nations Finance Authority, Emcee
Chief Warren Tabobondung, FNFA Chair, Wasauksing First Nation, ON
Councillor Patrick Courtois, FNFA Director, Première Nation des Pekuakamiulnuatsh, QC

Other Attendees:

Councillor Christianne Jerome-Bernard, FNFA Director, Micmacs of Gesgapegiag Band, QC
Councillor Steven Johnston, FNFA Director, Mistawasis Nêhiyawak, SK
Councillor Ryan Littlejohn, FNFA Director, O’Chiese First Nation, AB
Chief Kyra Wilson, FNFA Director, Long Plain First Nation, MB

Participation in the question-and-answer portion of this event is for accredited members of the Parliamentary Press Gallery. Media who are not members of the Press Gallery may contact for temporary access to attend either virtually or in-person.

About First Nations Finance Authority (FNFA)

FNFA is a not-for-profit First Nation institution that plays a crucial role in the social and economic development of First Nations across Canada by providing qualifying First Nations with access to the capital markets at competitive rates. Established by the federal First Nations Fiscal Management Act in 2005, FNFA is governed by First Nations, for First Nations. FNFA will continue to expand and diversify, looking to strengthen its credit rating and increase the financial benefits to its growing membership.

For further information: Naomi Mison, Communications Manager, Telephone: 250-768-5253, Email:


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