Ontario Regional Chief wants Minister Strahl to work with First Nations in Ontario

    TORONTO, Oct. 30 /CNW/ - Ontario Regional Chief Angus Toulouse notes some
advantage with the reappointment of Chuck Strahl as the Minister of Indian
Affairs and Northern Development. First Nations in Ontario want to move
forward building a better relationship with Minister Strahl.
    "With cabinet appointments and shuffles in relation to the Minister of
Indian Affairs there is usually a steep learning curve, we find ourselves
starting over time and time again, in the case of Strahl's reappointment we
will be dealing with a Minister who is familiar with our issues" says Ontario
Regional Chief Angus Toulouse. He adds, "Minister Strahl will have to do a
better job relationship building with First Nations in Ontario."
    Strahl, who will enter his second term as INAC Minister, is expected to
address education, replacing the Indian Act and fulfilling the promise of the
Residential School Apology. The Chiefs of Ontario believe that those issues
are very important, but so are treaty implementations, resource benefit
sharing and addressing the fundamental infrastructure needs in First Nations
communities. "With the fastest growing population in Ontario and the need to
address the economic issues of First Nations and the country, we are presented
with a great opportunity to work with the Government of Ontario and Canada to
ensure our immediate needs and contributions are worked out, we expect nothing
less" says Chief Toulouse.

    The Chiefs of Ontario represents 133 First Nation communities located
within the Province of Ontario. The Chiefs of Ontario is the coordinating
office providing a unified voice and political leadership on regional,
provincial and national priorities affecting First Nation people. Political
organizations comprising the Chiefs of Ontario include Nishnawbe-Aski Nation,
the Anishinabek Nation/Union of Ontario Indians, Grand Council Treaty No. 3,
Association of Iroquois & Allied Indians and Independent First Nations.

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For further information: For interviews with Regional Chief Toulouse,
please contact: Harmony Rice, Communications, Chiefs of Ontario,
1-877-517-6527, (416) 576-9718, harmony@coo.org

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