Chiefs of Ontario comment on election platforms



    SAULT STE. MARIE, ON, Oct. 10 /CNW/ - Ontario Regional Chief Angus
Toulouse and the Chiefs of Ontario will issue their analysis of the Federal
party platforms and react to the election outcome at a press conference in
Sault Ste Marie at 12:30 PM on October 15, 2008.
    First Nations leaders have been frustrated by the lack of attention to
First Nation issues. National, regional and local leadership have organized
campaign events and written to all parties. The response has been limited and
few commitments to resolve specific issues and urgent needs have been
provided.
    First Nations leaders are challenging all voters to consider First Nation
issues as they cast their ballot. At the same time, they are urging all
Canadians to realize that resolution to First Nation issues requires a
partnership with everyone long after Election Day.
    With serious economic disadvantages and basic human rights issues such as
access to clean drinking water, the chiefs will comment on the election while
attending a province wide forum on water quality protection.
    "With the fastest growing population in Ontario, First Nations people
cannot be ignored. They should be viewed as an opportunity not as a liability.
This is not only in our interest, but in the best interest of all Ontarians,"
says Ontario Regional Chief Angus Toulouse. He adds, "As voters make their
choice on October 14th, we ask that they think of First Nations issues. If we
address those issues, it will guarantee a strong and prosperous future for all
of Ontario."
    The Chiefs of Ontario First Nation Water Policy Forum is scheduled to be
held at the Garden River First Nation Recreation Centre located close to Sault
Ste. Marie, Ontario. The Education/Recreation Centre facility is a 20 minute
drive from downtown Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario and a 40 minute drive from Sault
Ste. Marie Airport.

    The Chiefs of Ontario represents 133 First Nation communities located
within the Province of Ontario. The Chiefs of Ontario is the coordinating
office providing a unified voice and political leadership on regional,
provincial and national priorities affecting First Nation people. Political
organizations comprising the Chiefs of Ontario include Nishnawbe Aski Nation,
the Anishinabek Nation/Union of Ontario Indians, Grand Council Treaty No. 3,
Association of Iroquois & Allied Indians and Independent First Nations.

    
                       Date: Wednesday October 15, 2008
                               Time: 12:30 PM
             Place: Garden River First Nation Recreation Centre
    





For further information:

For further information: For interviews with Regional Chief Toulouse or
guest speakers, please contact: Harmony Rice, Communications, Chiefs of
Ontario, 1-877-517-6527 or (416) 576-9718, harmony@coo.org

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