THUNDER BAY – Indigenous – Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler, on behalf of the Executive Council, has issued the following statement in response to today’s federal cabinet shuffle:
“Nishnawbe Aski Nation has established a strong working relationship with Minister Philpott during her time as Minister of Indigenous Services and we wish her well in her challenging new role. We welcome the appointment of Minister O’Regan as her replacement and will reach out to him immediately to ensure that our progress on the many issues affecting NAN First Nations will continue without interruption. We would also like to acknowledge Jody Wilson-Raybould for making history as Canada’s first Indigenous Justice Minister. Our First Nations continue to have high expectations of this government, as an active Treaty partner, to work with us to end the inequity between First Nations and the rest of Canada.”
In today’s cabinet shuffle, Indigenous Services Minister Jane Philpott fills the vacancy as president of the Treasury Board after the resignation Scott Brison. Veterans Affairs Minister Seamus O’Regan moves to Indigenous Services. Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould moves to Veterans Affairs. Montreal MP David Lametti was named Justice Minister.