Statement by Minister of Aboriginal Affairs, Brad Duguid, on The National Day of Reconciliation

    TORONTO, June 10 /CNW/ - The Government of Ontario supports the call by
the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) to raise awareness of Aboriginal issues on
June 11th, the National Day of Reconciliation. This date also marks the one
year anniversary of the residential school apology by the Federal government.
    The apology was an important milestone that started a process of
reconciliation and healing, but we understand that while progress is being
made we also recognize more needs to be done. The Government of Ontario will
continue to strengthen relationships with our Aboriginal partners, and we'll
continue to urge the Federal government to work diligently at achieving
positive outcomes for all Aboriginal people across Canada.
    The McGuinty government is proud of the progress that we have made in
building stronger relations between the government and First Nations, Métis
and Inuit in Ontario. For example, we recently signed an agreement to transfer
Ipperwash Provincial Park to the Chippewas of Kettle and Stony Point First
    As we continue to move forward on Justice Linden's recommendations, we
are also addressing issues of access to education, economic development and
skills training. These are critical success factors in building a more
prosperous future for all Aboriginal people in Ontario.

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For further information:

For further information: Scott Cavan, Minister's Office, (416) 314-7395;
Greg Flood, Communications Branch, (416) 314-9455

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