Ramsay meets with Northern First Nation Chief

    Progress Being Made Under Land and Larger Land Base Framework Agreement

    THUNDER BAY, ON, April 20 /CNW/ - David Ramsay, Minister Responsible for
Aboriginal Affairs, met today with Chief Paul Gladu to discuss issues of
mutual interest, including progress on the process of creating a reserve for
the Bingwi Neyaashi Anishinaabek.
    "Through our cooperative approach we can claim progress on our shared
goal of a healthier, sustainable future for the people of Bingwi Neyaashi
Anishinaabek," said Ramsay.
    "On behalf of the membership of Bingwi Neyaashi Anishinaabek, our goal
for our community is to develop economic opportunities in the areas of value
added forestry and tourism, while also fostering partnership opportunities
with the government of Ontario, neighbouring First Nations and municipalities,
and the private sector. We see this visit as an important first step in moving
forth our agenda and vision of creating a model community," said Chief Gladu.
    The Bingwi Neyaashi Anishinaabek reserve creation process builds on the
1991 Land and Larger Land Base Framework Agreement signed by the Province of
Ontario, Canada and several Robinson Superior Treaty First Nations. This
agreement provided a process whereby the signatories agreed to use their best
efforts to negotiate and conclude agreements to either provide a reserve land
base for landless signatory First Nations or expand the size of existing
reserve land bases of signatory First Nations. Bingwi Neyaashi Anishinaabek
currently does not have a land base and anticipates the establishment of a
reserve community on the eastern shore of Lake Nipigon, approximately 150 km
northeast of Thunder Bay, in the near future.
    The McGuinty government is committed to promoting prosperity and
well-being across Northern Ontario.

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For further information:

For further information: Anne-Marie Flanagan, Minister Ramsay's Office,
(416) 327-0654; Merike Nurming, Communications Branch, (416) 326-4079

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