Federal government cuts funding.
In September, Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada minister John Duncan addressed both the Edmonton and Calgary Chambers of Commerce stating the importance of including the growing Aboriginal population in economic plans. Duncan's talks came on the heels of the announcement of cuts by his government to Aboriginal organizations, including governing organizations, and the funneling of more money into training programs for Aboriginals. "I think an equal balance is what we look for because in our culture the whole realm of healthiness has to evolve, has to be equal," said Chief Cameron Alexis of the Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation. Duncan was also condemned for making cuts without consulting First Nations. Duncan said he was under no obligation to consult and encouraged First Nations organizations to make up the funding short fall by getting support from industry.