New Aboriginal Affairs Minister Gains Deeper Understanding of Community
CALEDONIA, ON, Nov. 26 /CNW/ - Michael Bryant, Ontario's new Minister of
Aboriginal Affairs, concluded his first visit to Caledonia this afternoon with
a deeper understanding of the community and the local situation.
"I came to Caledonia to listen, to learn, and to get the lay of the
land," said Bryant. "My visit today and hearing what people have to say will
help to inform my view of the negotiations."
During his visit, Bryant met with:
- Six Nations Elected Band Council Chief David General
- Haldimand County Mayor Marie Trainer and Councillors Craig Grice and
Lorne Boyko, and Haldimand County CAO Don Boyle
- Local historian Barbara Martindale
- Intercommunity Faith Council members Father George Sammut
(St. Patrick's Catholic Church; Rev. Blake Eady (Caledonia Baptist
Church); Rev Ross Baxter (New Life Community Church); Nina Burnham
(Six Nations elder, Six Nations Anglican Church).
- Local community and business leaders including Ralph Luimes, CEO Hal-
Nor Credit Union and member of Caledonia Citizens' Alliance.
Bryant spoke with Six Nations Band Council Chief-Elect Bill Montour last
week. A meeting with Chief-Elect Bill Montour and leaders of the Haudenosaunee
Iroquois Confederacy will likely take place in the coming weeks.
Bryant said his priority now is seeing the negotiations continue to move
towards a positive resolution as well as strengthening the relationships
between Six Nations people and their neighbours.
"Resolving this situation is a priority for the McGuinty government,"
Bryant said. "But the two parties - the federal government and
Haudenosaunee/Six Nations - have to make the final decisions. This is an
opportunity to use our government's momentum to make progress."
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For further information:
For further information: Greg Crone, Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs,
Minister's Office, (416) 606-8562; Lars Eedy, Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs,
Communications Branch, (416) 327-9631