I’ve not seen another article come out yet on the meeting that Harper had with the First Nation’s Chiefs other then this one, but from the First Nations perspective, their concerns appear to have been taken rather lightly by the PM, to say the least:
First Nations leaders will be listening closely to the words Prime Minister Stephen Harper chooses in his speech at the Crown-First Nations gathering Tuesday after he left chiefs feeling underwhelmed by his response to their presentations during a special, two-and-a-half hour meeting with a delegation Monday. Harper told chiefs that they should consider contacting their MPs and that he can’t just focus on Aboriginal issues because he has to run the country, according to three chiefs who were present at the meeting…
Harper, you see, can’t be bothered with dealing with Native poverty or unemployment or so on: he’s too busy trying to ram an oil pipeline carrying tarsand oil through some of BC’s pristine wilderness, and branding those who oppose it as being disloyal to Canadian interests.
Of course, that pipeline he wants to build runs through several of Canada’s First Nations territory, who have got a say on whether it can proceed through their lands or not, so I’d have thought he’d have at least remembered that before curtly dismissing them to talk to his toadies (who I didn’t realize had such influence with Harper).