Minister of Aboriginal Affairs praises longstanding partnership with Union of Ontario Indians

    Cooperation Will Result In A Better Future Minister Says

    SAULT STE. MARIE, ON, Nov. 27 /CNW/ - Michael Bryant, Ontario's Minister
of Aboriginal Affairs, said his aim is to further strengthen the Ontario
government's partnership with the Union of Ontario Indians (UOI) so that they
can continue to work together for a better future for First Nations
communities in Ontario.
    "We want to set out a road map to improve living conditions, expedite
claims and get moving in a very practical way when it comes to these and other
longstanding issues," said Bryant, speaking at the Union of Ontario Indians
Assembly held at the Ketegaunseebee First Nation (Garden River) at Sault Ste.
    "The Union of Ontario Indians and the Ontario government are entering a
new and exciting time together, with an opportunity to make life better for
everyone," said Bryant.
    The Union of Ontario Indians, led by Grand Chief John Beaucage,
represents 42 First Nations from Thunder Bay and Lake Nipigon in the north,
Sarnia in the south and Golden Lake in the east.
    "Grand Chief Beaucage and I are working together to come up with
practical solutions which lead to tangible results," Bryant stated. "The
McGuinty government is working towards a legacy of hope and prosperity for all
Aboriginal communities."

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For further information:

For further information: Greg Crone, Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs,
Minister's Office, (416) 314-2529; Michah Rynor, Ministry of Aboriginal
Affairs, Communications Branch, (416) 314-7417

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