TORONTO, July 18, 2012 /CNW/ - Chiefs in Ontario met this morning to
discuss the current challenges that continue to plague their
communities while also contemplating the selection of the National
Chief. Leadership remain determined that regardless of the results of
the National Chief election, they are committed to "helping home first"
as their foundational position in moving forward.
Leadership is clear - they will not be deterred from advancing their
Nations through exercising their inherent and Treaty rights while
asserting their jurisdiction within their territories. To continue
advancing this vision, leadership will need to educate, excite and
empower their citizens - it will be through direct grassroots
community-based ownership, and involvement, that we will be able to
make positive sustained changes at home.
We are strong Indigenous Peoples of Turtle Island, and the time is upon
us that words must be put into action. Action will be based on
fundamental priority areas of Nation Building, improving quality of
life, improving relationships, supporting language and traditional
knowledge and strengthening communications.
As Indigenous Nations, we are committed to taking our rightful place on
Turtle Island and will not be deterred in this vision for our Peoples.
The Chiefs of Ontario is a coordinating body for 133 First Nation communities located within
the boundaries of the Province of Ontario.
SOURCE Chiefs of Ontario
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