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Chiefs to decide FSIN's future today

The Starphoenix

First Nations chiefs from around Saskatchewan are expected to vote on the future of the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations at a special meeting today in Prince Albert.

Approximately $2 million in federal funding has been cut from the federation's budget over the past two years. In late January, 66 employees received layoff notices that will take effect on March 31.

At a meeting earlier this year, various financial options were put on the table.

One proposed option was to cut some or all of the federation's four vice-chief positions. Other proposals were to have individual First Nations contribute money to the FSIN operations, to use Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority casino profits, or to use the FSIN treaty protection fund.

All the options were met with opposition from various members.

The federation represents 72 Saskatchewan First Nations and has existed for 65 years.

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