P.E.I.'s First Nations relations plugged by premier at meetings
Premier Wade MacLauchlan leads discussions on provincial-aboriginal economic development
Premier Wade MacLauchlan is plugging P.E.I.'s "good relations" with First Nations at the annual summer gathering of premiers in Newfoundland and Labrador.
Premiers from across the country are meeting to listen and learn about issues affecting each region at the Council of the Federation.
MacLauchlan, one of four new premiers at the meetings, says one of the major topics being discussed is aboriginal issues, including the Truth and Reconciliation Commission report, and the upcoming forum on murdered and missing aboriginal women.
"There are other issues around housing, education, and a social and economic action plan, especially for First Nations women. So various provinces have roles to be host or to lead aspects of that," said MacLauchlan.
"In the case of Prince Edward Island, we have very good relations with the First Nations communities on P.E.I. and are working together on economic development issues."
MacLauchlan says he's made it a priority to learn about other economic development and social initiatives across the country to potentially institute them in P.E.I.