Media Advisory - Chiefs of Ontario to hold press event to comment on Federal Bill C-47

    TORONTO, March 31 /CNW/ - Ontario Regional Chief Angus Toulouse will be
holding a press conference on Wednesday April 2, 2008 in Thunder Bay, Ontario
to make public First Nation concerns about Federal Bill C-47 "An Act
respecting family homes situated on First Nation reserves and matrimonial
interests or rights in or to structures and lands situated on those reserves".
    "The First Nations in Ontario were not consulted with respect to this
piece of federal legislation. This particular Bill, if made into law, will
have serious and long-lasting consequences that the majority of First Nation
communities do not have the capacity or resources to deal with," stated the
Ontario Regional Chief. The Regional Chief further indicated that First
Nations take issue with the fact that Bill C-47 is inconsistent with the
Inherent Right and is an infringement on First Nations jurisdiction in the
area of family law.
    Regional Chief Toulouse emphasized that the law is clear that government
has a duty to consult and accommodate the views and concerns of First Nations
where there is a possibility that a particular action has the potential to
infringe upon Aboriginal or Treaty rights. "Clearly, the duty to consult with
respect to Bill C-47 is warranted. The First Nations in Ontario will not
accept this Bill being forcibly imposed upon us. We have serious concerns
about the implications of Bill C-47," said Regional Chief Toulouse.
    Regional Chief Toulouse will be joined at this Press Conference by Grand
Chief Denise Stonefish of the Association of Iroquois and Allied Indians.

    The details of the press conference are as follows:

    Where:    Salon A
              Travelodge Airlane Hotel
              698 W. Arthur Street, Thunder Bay, Ontario

    When:     April 2, 2008 at 11:30 am

For further information:

For further information: Pam Hunter, Policy/Communications Advisor,
Chiefs of Ontario, Mobile: (613) 203-3233

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