McGuinty Government Creates Ministry Of Aboriginal Affairs

    Calls On Federal Government To Help Solve Land Claims

    QUEEN'S PARK, June 21 /CNW/ - The Ontario government will now have a
stand-alone Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs to build a stronger relationship
with Aboriginal people and speed up the resolution of outstanding issues, said
Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty.
    "We have to roll up our sleeves and do the hard work of building trust
and forging a more productive relationship with Aboriginal people - because we
know from the past that confrontation doesn't work," said Premier McGuinty.
"This new ministry will work with First Nations leaders to carry out Justice
Linden's recommendations so we can move forward, together, in creating a
higher quality of life for everyone in Ontario."
    Minister Ramsay becomes Minister of Aboriginal Affairs, in addition to
his duties as Natural Resources Minister. The new ministry is a significant
and symbolic step that reflects the importance of developing a stronger,
broader partnership with Ontario's Aboriginal people. It will have its own
deputy minister and dedicated resources.

    It will :

        -  Work with the federal government on a new process that would
           expedite land claims here in Ontario

        -  Launch a New Relationship Fund, which will help Aboriginal
           communities strengthen their skills and resources to work more
           seamlessly with governments, and

        -  Work towards resolving the future use of Ipperwash Park by the end
           of the year -- together with First Nations, local residents and
           the federal government -- in a way that is fair, transparent and

    Since October 2003, the McGuinty government has been implementing change
to deliver better health care, education, economic opportunities and justice
for Aboriginal people by working together in Ontario's New Approach to
Aboriginal Affairs.
    "Ontario is committed to working with Aboriginal people to build the
trust and mutual respect that leads to real progress," said Premier McGuinty. 
"As we move forward, we'll continue calling on the federal government to
assume its responsibilities to resolve long-standing land claims, strengthen
the relationship with Aboriginal communities and help us build a higher
quality of life for Aboriginal people and all Ontarians."

    Disponible en français


For further information:

For further information: Premier's Media Office, (416) 314-8975

Organization Profile

Office of the Premier of Ontario

More on this organization

Custom Packages

Browse our custom packages or build your own to meet your unique communications needs.

Start today.

CNW Membership

Fill out a CNW membership form or contact us at 1 (877) 269-7890

Learn about CNW services

Request more information about CNW products and services or call us at 1 (877) 269-7890