Nishnawbe Aski Nation Grand Chief urges new INAC Minister to follow through on recent commitments to NAN territory



    THUNDER BAY, ON, Aug. 15 /CNW/ - Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Grand Chief
Stan Beardy congratulates new Indian and Northern Affairs Minister (INAC)
Chuck Strahl, urging him to follow through on recent commitments by former
Minister Jim Prentice to deal with unique challenges of Ontario's remote First
Nation communities.
    "The Hon. Jim Prentice has recently paid more attention to the unique
conditions of some of our 49 First Nation communities," said NAN Grand Chief
Stan Beardy, adding Prentice accompanied him on a trip to Fort Albany and
Kashechewan just last week. "It's important now that Minister Strahl continues
this commitment to not only specific NAN communities ie: Pikangikum and
Kashechewan, but across NAN territory."
    Former Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Charles Straul was appointed to
the Indian and Northern Affairs Ministry during Prime Minister Stephen
Harper's much anticipated cabinet shuffle Tuesday.
    "I'm hopeful Minister Strahl will be receptive to NAN leadership and our
work toward addressing our many challenges to improve the quality of life for
our people and communities," said Beardy. "I invite him to meet with NAN
leadership to hear first hand the unique challenges faced in our communities
and to establish a relationship based on the need to improve conditions for
First Nations across the North."

    Nishnawbe Aski Nation is a political Aboriginal organization representing
49 First Nation communities across two-thirds of Ontario. 34 of these
communities are accessible via airplane only.





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Nishnawbe Aski Nation, (807) 625-4952 OR (807) 628-3953 (mobile)

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