Improving Quality of Life In First Nations Communities Across The
THUNDER BAY, ON, Feb. 7 /CNW/ - First Nations Chiefs from across Ontario
voted in favour of an historic agreement today that will result in
improvements in quality of life and will strengthen First Nations communities
The agreement, worth over $3 billion, draws on provincial gaming revenues
and will provide the long-term revenue that First Nations can use to invest in
improvements in quality of life and to help strengthen their communities.
"I have been working hard, along with Ontario Regional Chief Angus
Toulouse, and the Chiefs of Ontario to make this agreement happen, and we are
all looking forward to the positive changes this will mean for First Nations
communities across the province," said Michael Bryant, Minister of Aboriginal
"Working with Minister Bryant to get this agreement ratified has been a
lot of hard work, but ultimately this is a success story for both the province
and First Nations communities," said Ontario Regional Chief Angus Toulouse.
First Nations communities will receive $201 million immediately, which
would also help to address socio-economic challenges in their communities.
The new agreement is based on an Agreement-in-Principle signed by the
province and First Nations in March 2006.
This builds on the McGuinty government's New Approach to Aboriginal
Affairs, emphasizing a cooperative relationship between the Ontario government
and First Nations.
"We have reached an historic agreement with our First Nations partners,"
said Bryant. "Through strengthening our commitment to a new relationship with
First Nations, we are moving towards a better understanding of each other, and
towards an exciting future."
"This agreement will have extraordinary long-term effects for First
Nations communities, allowing them to invest more in the vital services they
need," said Toulouse.
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For further information:
For further information: Greg Crone, Minister's Office, (416) 606-8562
(Cell); Ann Lehman, Communications Branch, (416) 326-4759; Pam Hunter, Chiefs
of Ontario, (613) 203-3233