NAN urges Thunder Bay to adopt racism report

    THUNDER BAY, ON, May 26 /CNW/ - Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Grand Chief
Stan Beardy is urging Thunder Bay City Council to adopt the Thunder Bay
Committee Against Racism and Discrimination's report titled "Overcoming Racism
and Discrimination: A Plan for Action."
    "NAN is very much in favour of working with the community's leadership as
well as its members, groups, organizations and the public and private sectors
to address issues of racism and discrimination," said Grand Chief Stan Beardy
after attending the committee's public release of the report. "There is great
potential for ushering in real and meaningful change if we come together as
community partners and take up the recommendations contained in this action
plan and work together to implement them."
    Tabled at a Committee of the Whole meeting in Thunder Bay last night, the
96-page report is intended to provide support and direction to city council
and its partners toward a strategic plan of action against racism and
discrimination. The report is also intended as a tool for community members,
groups, organizations, and the public and private sectors to come together to
continue to dialogue and to collaboratively address issues of racism and
discrimination that thwart social cohesion within the city of Thunder Bay.
    "The overarching goal of the report is for us to come together as
partners and create a welcoming and inclusive community," Beardy said pointing
out that the large number of students, families and individuals who come from
the NAN communities to Thunder Bay to receive education, health care,
employment or even to shop and visit family members would greatly benefit by
such a project. "NAN welcomes the implementation strategy that was tabled and
strongly urges city council to adopt the plan and make sure it is resourced."

    Nishnawbe Aski Nation is a political territorial organization
representing 49 First Nation communities in James Bay Treaty 9 and the Ontario
portion of Treaty 5 - an area covering two thirds of the province of Ontario.

For further information:

For further information: Joyce Hunter, A/Director of Communications -
Nishnawbe Aski Nation, (807) 625-4952 or (807) 472-5638 mobile

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