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Several First Nations leaders are blasting Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for comments he made during a town hall meeting in Saskatoon on Wednesday.

"He basically said chiefs do not know what the needs of First Nations are," said Muskowekwan First Nation Chief Reginald Bellerose.

"I thought that was disrespectful and he should learn to use his words more carefully."

During a 90-minute town hall meeting with Trudeau at the University of Saskatchewan, the discussion was largely civil, with questions about carbon taxes, international aid and relations with Iran.

But in a question from the floor, Saskatoon Tribal Council Chief Felix Thomas was critical of the "disconnect" between Trudeau's words and his government's actions. Thomas said that little of the promised billions of dollars has arrived on First Nations territory and the fiscal year is nearly over.

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