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(Toronto, October 6, 2017)  “On behalf of the Chiefs of Ontario, I congratulate Chief Marcia Brown Martel, who was the lead plaintiff in this long and painful journey towards justice on behalf of the estimated 20,000 60s scoop survivors. While today is a major victory, no amount of money can truly compensate for being taken away from your family as a child.

(Iskatewizaagegan #39 Independent First Nation, October 5, 2017) “Today’s announcement that TransCanada has abandoned its proposed Energy East pipeline project is a major victory for all who support the protection of our lands, our waters, and air for future generations,” said Regional Chief Isadore Day.  “Right from the beginning, our Peoples were almost unanimously opposed to a 4,600 kilometre pipeline – running from Alberta to New Brunswick – that had the potential for major long-term environmental disaste

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(Toronto, October 2, 2017) Tomorrow, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will host a First Ministers Meeting with National Indigenous leaders that will focus on ways to include our Peoples in strong, sustainable economic growth. For Ontario First Nations, there is a broad range of needs from access to a sufficient land base, to access to investment and capital in order to establish or expand economic opportunities.

(TORONTO, September 8, 2017) This morning the Province of Ontario announced a new Cannabis Control Board which will regulate the sales of marijuana through as many as 150 stand-alone stores located in municipalities across the province, beginning July 1, 2019. Ontario First Nations will be discussing their involvement in this process, including our own laws to regulate cannabis consumption and sales in First Nation communities. There is also potential in sharing provincial sales revenues.

(TORONTO August 29, 2017) “As we mark World Water Week, Canadians must be reminded that far too many First Nation communities in Ontario, and across the country, do not have access to clean drinking water ,” said Ontario Regional Chief Isadore Day.  “While the federal Liberal government pledged to end all Boil Water Advisories (BWAs) within five years, not enough progress has been made to date.”  
 

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