Joseph Rips Premier At FSIN Assembly

Wednesday, October 22, 2008 at 14:57



The chief of the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations says Premier Brad Wall has been “invisible” when some chiefs have called on him.


Lawrence Joseph he says the regular meetings he’s supposed to have with Wall aren’t happening.


Joseph lamented about the relationship at today’s fall session of the FSIN legislative assembly in Saskatoon.


He says since Wall has become premier, he hasn’t met with him like their agreement says should happen.


Joseph notes some chiefs have complained to him that Wall is never available to talk — and instead, always sends his Minister of First Nations and Metis Relations, June Draude, in his place.


Meanwhile, Joseph says the FSIN’s financial state is not as gloomy as it was a year ago when it had a $1 million debt.


He says finances are back on track, although the FSIN’s wallet isn’t ready to write any big cheques just yet.


Wall was not immediately available for comment.