UOI OFFICES (NIPISSING FN), Jan. 28, 2013 /CNW/ - Anishinabek Nation Grand Council Chief Patrick Madahbee is hopeful that Kathleen Wynne's cabinet experience will lend a sense of urgency to Ontario's approach to First Nations issues.
"Premier Wynne has been the Minister of Education and Aboriginal Affairs, so she has some insight about our priorities," says Grand Council Chief Madahbee. "We respect her grasp of the issues."
Madahbee says Ontario needs to demonstrate to First Nations that it is a committed partner in closing the funding gaps in First Nations child welfare and education, and in using resource revenue-sharing to help First Nation communities become self-sustaining.
"We are willing to support any of the new premier's efforts to achieve progress for our people."
The Anishinabek Nation established the Union of Ontario Indians as its secretariat in 1949. The UOI is a political advocate for 39 member communities across Ontario, representing approximately 55,000 people. The Union of Ontario Indians is the oldest political organization in Ontario and can trace its roots back to the Confederacy of Three Fires, which existed long before European contact.
SOURCE: Anishinabek Nation
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