TORONTO (May 27, 2015) – The Anishinabek Nation Grand Council Chief Patrick Wedaseh Madahbee and the Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry Bill Mauro met today at Queen’s Park to discuss the shared priorities of the two leaders for Natural Resource Management in Ontario.
There will also be discussion on the increased understanding between the Leadership and their staff of respective mandates, cultures, priorities, etc. to improve communication between and within the AN and MNRF.
The theme for the meeting has jointly been agreed upon as: Niigan Ga Zhaamin — Moving Forward Together.
“I look forward to establishing an ongoing relationship with the Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry as identified in the letter of commitment,” said Grand Council Chief Madahbee. “The meetings provide an opportunity for the Anishinabek Nation Leadership and the Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry to address and resolve the natural resources and forestry issues within the Anishinabek Nation.”
“I welcome the opportunity to meet with Grand Council Chief Patrick Madahbee to discuss shared priorities for the Anishinabek/Ontario Resource Management Council,” said Natural Resources and Forestry Minister Bill Mauro. “Ontario is committed to a strong, cooperative relationship on natural resource management with the Anishinabek Nation and the First Nation communities that it represents.”
The Leadership are committed to meeting again in the Letter of Commitment, which identifies the Leadership to review priorities, provide direction and report back on the progress made.
The Anishinabek Nation established the Union of Ontario Indians as its secretariat in 1949. The U01 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.