Ontario and Treaty 3 First Nations Strengthen Relationships

    Signing Letter of Intent Reaffirms Ontario's Commitment to Cooperation



    Today, just days after the 135th anniversary of signing Treaty 3,
Aboriginal Affairs Minister Brad Duguid and Grand Council Treaty 3
Ogichidaakwe Diane M. Kelly signed a letter of intent to build a new
relationship between the Ontario government and First Nation communities in
Treaty 3 territory.
    The Ontario government and Grand Council Treaty 3 have committed to work
together to address the socio-economic issues affecting Treaty 3 communities
in northwestern Ontario.
    This letter of intent will include a one time capacity investment of
$100,000. These funds will enable Grand Council Treaty 3 to support
face-to-face meetings and relationship building opportunities with the Ontario


    "The Ontario government is committed to working with Grand Council Treaty
3 to strengthen our relationship based on mutual respect and trust," said Brad
Duguid, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs. "Working with our partners at the
community level, we can better engage First Nation leadership and members to
work with the Ontario government to address community needs."

    "The Grand Council Treaty 3 has always been focussed on forwarding
Anishinaabe rights and our Nation's development," said Ogichidaakwe Diane M.
Kelly. "This letter of intent signals an emerging partnership in meeting those
important goals and I am optimistic that Minister Duguid will be a strong ally
for the Anishinaabe Nation in Treaty 3."


    -   Grand Council Treaty 3 is the traditional government of the
        Anishinaabe Nation located in the 55,000 square mile territory of
        Treaty No. 3. The Grand Council includes 28 First Nations, 2 of which
        are located in Manitoba.
    -   October 3, 2008 marks the 135th anniversary of the signing of
        Treaty 3.
    -   The Grand Council Treaty 3 Fall Assembly took place in Onigaming
        First Nation which is located about 113 kilometres southwest of
        Kenora, ON.


    Read more about the initiatives of the Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs

    Learn more about Grand Council Treaty 3 at http://www.gct3.net/.

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For further information:

For further information: Scott Cavan, Minister's Office, (416) 314-7395;
Kevin Dove, Communications Branch, (416) 326-6306

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