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, May 31, 2008
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CHIEFS OF ONTARIO
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Strong support in Ontario for the National Day of Action
TORONTO, May 30 /CNW/ - On May 29, 2008 First Nations in Ontario were out
in large numbers and were joined by many Ontarians in a strong show of support
for First Nations issues on the second National Day of Action.
Throughout the day, First Nations organized and participated in
approximately 20 peaceful events across the Province. Many of these events
were aimed at promoting First Nations realities and First Nations rights.
"This year, First Nation communities across Ontario focused on building
bridges with Ontarians, and awareness raising activities," stated Ontario
Regional Chief Angus Toulouse. The Regional Chief spent the day at community
events at the Whitefish River First Nation and Serpent River First Nation.
Regional Chief Toulouse explained that although First Nations are unique
in terms of culture and language, he emphasized that "First Nation parents and
leaders are not that different from other Canadians in the sense that we want
a good life for our children, we want them to have access to quality
education, we want safe homes and clean drinking water. We want many of the
same things all Ontarians and Canadians want for their children," stated the
The Regional Chief explained that he believes Ontarians and Canadians are
fair-minded people that care about addressing injustice. "It is unacceptable
that far too many of our communities continue to struggle with severe poverty
conditions in a country as wealthy as Canada. I think for many Ontarians this
is hard to believe but it is the reality. Yet the Federal government decided
to pour millions into more tax cuts in the last federal budget and allocated
next to nothing for First Nations communities that do not have clean drinking
water or safe schools for our children," said Regional Chief Toulouse.
The Regional Chief also indicated that First Nations signed Treaties with
the Crown government on a nation-to-nation basis, many of which are over
100 years old. "Much of the frustration within our communities is a result of
broken treaty commitments that Government has ignored for too long. The fact
is that the Crown made specific commitments in the Treaties that they have
broken time and again and continue to ignore," stated Regional Chief Toulouse.
The Regional Chief further stated that the Federal government needs to get
serious and show a genuine commitment to working with First Nations on these
issues. "The First Nations are not going to quietly go away. We know our
rights and we are determined to see justice done," said the Regional Chief.
Although the Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug leaders were released from jail
on May 28, the Regional Chief pointed out that Ontario has much work to in
building an improved relationship with First Nations. "The government of
Ontario has taken positive steps forward but without full and meaningful
collaboration with First Nations with respect to the many challenges we face,
sustained progress will be difficult to achieve," said the Regional Chief.
Regional Chief Toulouse indicated that the Chiefs of Ontario organization
will plan another event at some point over the summer months to continue the
efforts to build bridges and raise awareness amongst First Nations and with
/For further information: Pam Hunter, (416) 597-1266 or Policy Advisor,
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