POLITICS

Saskatchewan Premier weighs in on Idle No More

01/16/2013 03:05 EST | Updated 03/18/2013 05:12 EDT
Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall has praise for the founders of Idle No More — but also a bit of a warning for chiefs that they may see less money in future.

Speaking to reporters in Regina Wednesday, Wall says the founders of the 'Idle' movement have been positive and constructive by discouraging blockades and encouraging peaceful protest.

But Wall also said groups like the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations can expect less money to facilitate meetings in future.

That money will go elsewhere, he said.

Wall said he's willing to spend more money on concrete projects that help First Nations people get jobs.

"What's missing is direct action that government can be a part of, that would link First Nations people with the opportunities that exist both for training and for jobs; it might be something as basic as single window access to services," he said.

Wall said the FSIN has been told the government will be a willing partner in projects that are about results in education and employment. Those projects could come from the federation, tribal councils or post-secondary institutions, he said.

(With files from Canadian Press)