New Aboriginal Affairs Minister Goes To Northern Ontario For First
TIMMINS, ON, Nov. 13 /CNW/ - Michael Bryant, Ontario's new Minister of
Aboriginal Affairs, says seeking practical solutions to long-standing problems
are his focus as he met with Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) chiefs at his first
meeting with Aboriginal leaders since his appointment October 30.
"I'm here to listen, to learn and to seek practical solutions," said
Bryant. "I'm meeting old friends and making new friends. I couldn't be more
pleased to be here."
Bryant said Grand Chief Stan Beardy personally congratulated him on his
appointment minutes after the cabinet swearing-in ceremony at Queen's Park on
October 30 and at the same time invited him to visit the NAN chiefs meeting.
"I was honoured by Grand Chief Beardy's invitation and I accepted on the
spot," Bryant said. "I am looking forward to working closely with Grand Chief
Beardy and the NAN chiefs of the Northern Table and finding practical
solutions that benefit everyone."
Nishnawbe Aski Nation chiefs, in partnership with the Ontario government,
established the Northern Table in April 2007. The aim is to bring about
greater environmentally sustainable socio-economic benefits for all residents
of Northern Ontario.
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For further information:
For further information: Greg Crone, Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs,
Minister's Office, (416) 606-8562; Michah Rynor, Ministry of Aboriginal
Affairs, Communications Branch, (416) 314-7417