TORONTO, Aug. 16 /CNW/ - The Ontario Regional Chief, Angus Toulouse
anticipates a positive working relationship with the new federal Cabinet
announced by Prime Minister Stephen Harper. "I would like to welcome and
congratulate the new Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development
(INAC), the Honourable Charles Strahl to his new portfolio," said Ontario
Regional Chief Toulouse.
"First Nations in Ontario insist on a relationship with the Government of
Canada that is reflective of the nation-to-nation relationship which has been
established through the sacred Treaties, and affirmed by the Constitution of
Canada, 1982," said the Regional Chief. The First Nations in Ontario desire a
process to support the recognition and implementation of First Nation
governments and feel that this can be successfully achieved through the
reconciliation of our First Nation rights. "This process will produce positive
mechanisms to address the many diverse issues within our communities," noted
Regional Chief Toulouse.
"I am hopeful that Minister Strahl will take a pro-active approach in
addressing First Nation issues. For a true partnership to exist, the
determining of priorities and the development of solutions must be driven by
First Nation communities and not be derived unilaterally from the Minister
responsible," noted the Regional Chief. "I am also hopeful that Minister
Strahl develops strong partnership with the legitimate First Nation
governments to create these solutions as they represent their citizens
regardless of residency," stated the Ontario Regional Chief.
The Ontario Regional Chief calls on the new INAC Minister to follow
through on the commitments made to the First Nations in Ontario. A number of
our First Nations and First Nation organizations worked diligently with the
former Minister Prentice to develop solutions to a number of outstanding
grievances. "I am confident that Minister Strahl will be briefed as soon as
possible to ensure the valuable work continues. I look forward to a meeting
with the Honourable Charles Strahl as soon as possible to develop a respectful
partnership that focuses on creating solutions to address the many chronic
issues facing First Nation communities," stated Chief Toulouse.
The Chiefs of Ontario office is a coordinating body for 134 First Nation
communities located within the boundaries of the Province of Ontario. The
purpose of the Chiefs of Ontario office is to enable the political leadership
to discuss regional, provincial and national priorities affecting First Nation
people in Ontario and to provide a unified voice on these issues.
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For further information: Kathleen Pilcher, (807) 626-9339