TORONTO, April 20 /CNW/ - The Chiefs of Ontario today passed a
resolution at the all Ontario Chiefs Assembly supporting the creation
of an Aboriginal Secretariat that will represent First Nation interests
in Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games. The resolution also called for the
Secretariat to receive the necessary funding to carry out its
"The Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games set a new standard in
terms of Aboriginal involvement in an international sporting event,"
says Chief Bryan LaForme, Mississaugas of New Credit First Nation,
Ontario. "The Aboriginal Secretariat will be an inclusive voice of
Aboriginal interests in the Games."
The Aboriginal Secretariat will model itself on the Four Host First
Nations Secretariat, one of the official hosts of the Vancouver 2010
Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. The mandate of the Aboriginal
Secretariat will be to facilitate Aboriginal participation in all
aspects of the Games including sport, employment, culture, arts,
procurement and economic development.
"The Chiefs of Ontario want to ensure the 2015 Pan Am Games respect the
traditional territories of First Nations and reflect our historic
traditions", says Regional Chief of Ontario Angus Toulouse. "We
support creation of the Aboriginal Secretariat so that First Nations
People will benefit from the Games."
ABOUT THE CHIEFS OF ONTARIO (www.coo.org)
The Chiefs of Ontario, comprising the 133 First Nations in Ontario, is a
political forum and secretariat for collective decision-making, action
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Chief Bryan LaForme
Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation