Aboriginal leaders from Manitoba are being used as pawns by the Iranian government, an official from Canada's Foreign Affairs Ministry said Wednesday.
Two current and two former chiefs from Manitoba met with the senior diplomat at the Iranian embassy in Ottawa earlier this week. They say they are on track to get an invitation to visit Iran and meet with government officials about possible support and investments in First Nations in Canada.
"Iran has a long history of supporting indigenous sovereignty in North America," said Terry Nelson, former chief of the Roseau River First Nation south of Winnipeg.
Monday's meeting came about after Nelson sent a letter to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad seeking assistance in February.
Nelson said he's written similar letters to other governments for years
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