Anishinabek respond to Liberal victory in provincial election

    NIPISSING FIRST NATION, ON, Oct. 11 /CNW/ - Anishinabek Nation leader
John Beaucage says Dalton McGuinty's election victory represents a mandate for
the Liberals to continue the Ontario government's initiatives in dealing with
First Nations issues.
    "The citizens of Ontario have spoken loud and clear that they trust in
the McGuinty government and the direction in which they have taken the
province," said Grand Council Chief Beaucage. "This includes the direction
that the government has taken in First Nations affairs. We must continue to
work on the nation-to-nation relationship we've been working on for the past
four years."
    Beaucage will be seeking a meeting with the premier-elect to present him
with thousands of postcards that were part of the Anishinabek Nation's "Era of
Action" campaign asking the provincial government to take urgent action on key
recommendations from the Ipperwash Inquiry Report, including a call for prompt
and equitable resolution of land claims through the establishment of an
independent Treaty Commission of Ontario, and the province working with First
Nations to establish co-management and resource-sharing initiatives.
    "Premier McGuinty and his Minister of Aboriginal Affairs need to be
vigilant in addressing the issues in Caledonia," Beaucage said. "That won't
get resolved anytime soon without a firm commitment from the province to work
with First Nations and the federal government on the establishment of the
Treaty Commission."
    Beaucage specifically congratulated David Ramsay - who was appointed
Ontario's first Minister of Aboriginal Affairs following the release of the
Ipperwash Inquiry report - on his re-election in Timiskaming-Cochrane riding.
    The Grand Council Chief expressed disappointment that Ontario voters
rejected an opportunity to establish a new form of proportional representation
that would see parties attracting at least three per cent of provincial votes
winning seats in the Legislative Assembly.
    "We continue to hold out hope that the electoral system may one day allow
for proportional representation so that First Nations may take our place in
the legislature," said Beaucage. "A First Peoples party would almost certainly
appeal to the 100,000 eligible First Nations voters in Ontario, as well as
many others."

    The Anishinabek Nation incorporated the Union of Ontario Indians as its
secretariat in 1949. The UOI is a political advocate for 42 member First
Nations across Ontario. The Union of Ontario Indians is the oldest political
organization in Ontario and can trace its roots back to the Confederacy of
Three Fires, which existed long before European contact.

For further information:

For further information: Bob Goulais, Executive Assistant to the Grand
Council Chief, Anishinabek Nation - Union of Ontario Indians, Head Office:
Nipissing First Nation, P.O. Box 711, North Bay, ON, P1B 8J8, Ph. (705)
497-9127, Fx. (705) 497-9135, CELL: (705) 498-5250, E-mail:, Internet:

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