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Toronto, ON – Chippewas of Nawash Chief Ralph Akiwenzie passed on to the Spirit World on Friday March 4, 2011 after a brave battle with pancreatic cancer.

Ontario Regional Chief Angus Toulouse stated that First Nations leaders in Ontario have lost a beloved brother who was admired for the manner in which he carried himself at all times. With quiet resolve, compassion and determination he was Cape Croker’s longest serving elected official.

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During the Chiefs of Ontario annual Health Forum, on February 22, 2011, an emergency meeting was called by Grand Council Chief Patrick Madahbee of the Anishinabek Nation. Representatives from numerous First Nations and organizations met to discuss the threat posed by the shipment of 16 nuclear steam generators through the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway.

The press release is attached.

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The Non-Insured Health Benefits (NIHB) program, the First Nations component of the treaty right to health care presents challenges to First Nations individuals and communities. In an effort to address these challenges the Chiefs of Ontario (COO) Health Coordination unit was successful in obtaining funding from First Nations and Inuit Health – Ontario Region to hire two NIHB Navigators.

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Pictured: (left to right) Grand Chief Stan J. Louttit, Mushkegowuk Tribal Council, Grand Chief Randall Phillips, AIAI, Ontario Regional Chief Angus Toulouse, Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty, Grand Chief Mike Mitchell, Mohawks of Akwesasne , Grand Chief Stan Beardy, NAN, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs Chris Bentley.

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On October 28, 2010, the COO office coordinated a breakfast reception with Senators at the Parliamentary Restaurant on Parliament Hill in order to advocate with Senate members on government Bill S-11, Safe Drinking Water for First Nations Act, and Bill C-3.  Bill S-11 was introduced in the Senate at the end of May 2010.  Bill C-3, currently at third reading in the House of Commons, will move to the Senate chamber if passed by the House.  The breakfast reception included 8 Senators, both Liberal and Conservative, along with Regional

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