First Nations leaders seek high-level commitment

Native leaders in Canada hope provincial and federal leaders will abide by a commitment to pour $5 billion into First Nations programs.

The leaders met with the premiers of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba to talk about the so-called Kelowna agreement. The accord was negotiated back in 2005 before a new political party won power in Canada.

Despite the change, Native leaders say they are encouraged by the latest discussions. Phil Fontaine, the national chief of the Assembly of First Nations, said the commitment could go as high as $10 billion.

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