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TORONTO, ON — The proposed provincial Bill-186, Supporting Smoke–Free Ontario by Reducing Contraband Tobacco Act, makes the primary focus of the legislation a punitive action rather than tobacco use reduction strategies. It specifically targets products that are grown or manufactured within First Nation communities and under the jurisdiction of First Nations. The Ontario Ministry of Revenue introduced these proposed amendments to the Tobacco Tax Act, on April 21, 2011, in direct opposition to the inherent Aboriginal right to the cultivation and trade of tobacco.

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In regards to the alarming statistics of Violence against Women including Death and all other forms of Violence…the women of the Six Nations and surrounding communities along the Haldimand Tract are supportively engaging in a walk to honour the water and women whose lives have been impacted by Violence. Water and Women are the life source. It is our intention to bring
awareness, within our original Territory six miles on each side of the Grand River, to assist in the restoration of our sacred responsibility within ourselves and our environments.

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TORONTO, ON — Yesterday’s federal election has resulted in an unprecedented polarization between political parties holding seats within the House of Commons. With the Conservatives forming the majority and the New Democratic Party forming the official opposition, the dynamics on Parliament Hill are expected to shift significantly. “Although we can expect to have a new dynamic in the House of Commons, we will continue to strive to achieve the goals set forth by our Chiefs in Assembly by resolutions,” affirmed Ontario Regional Chief Angus Toulouse.

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This is to provide an update to information previously sent by Chiefs of Ontario Secretariat regarding upcoming Tuition Agreement Resource Guide Information Sessions.

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April 27th is “Shannen’s Dream” Day of Action. On this day, various events will be held across the country to remember one young girl’s dream of going to a real school. Shannen Koostachin, of the Attawapiskat First Nation, led a movement for “safe and comfy” schools and quality, culturally-based, education for First Nations children. This campaign was called the Attawapiskat School Campaign.

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