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Toronto, Ontario – First Nations in Ontario are expecting the relationship building with the Government of Ontario to continue according to Regional Chief Toulouse. First Nations leaders in Ontario expect the appointment of a dedicated Minister of Aboriginal Affairs as an essential requirement to continue building upon efforts to address priority issues including treaty implementation, community health and wellness, education, and clean water.

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BACKGROUND

The 40th Ontario general election is scheduled to take place on October 6, 2011. As election activity mounts, the Chiefs of Ontario will work towards an education, advocacy and election readiness exercise and media strategy to ensure that information is available in a central and accessible manner and opportunities to assess and engage candidates are created.

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Iskatewizaagegan First Nation – Today, Ontario Regional Chief Angus Toulouse will be joining Shoal Lake #39 Chief Eli Mandamin, his community members, as well as Grand Chief Diane Kelly of the Grand Council of Treaty 3, on a walk to protest the Winnipeg/Manitoba plan to continue extracting water from Iskatewizaagegan territory without consent. The walk will begin at the First Nation and will finish, on Thursday, October 6, at the legislative building in Winnipeg.

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Toronto, Ontario – The Chiefs of Ontario expressed dissatisfaction with the lack of attention paid to First Nation’s citizens and their issues during last night’s televised all-Parties-debate.

“Our issues should be issues of concern to all Ontarians, not just First Nations. We want to ensure the prosperity, health and well-being of our communities, just as everyone else strives for a better life for their children and families” stated Ontario Regional Chief Angus Toulouse.

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“On behalf of the Chiefs of Ontario, I offer my sincere condolences to the family, friends, and supporters of Mr. Jack Layton as they grieve his untimely passing. He was a passionate and wise man who advocated tirelessly for the rights of First Nations Peoples. Mr. Layton would consistently call attention to the poverty experienced by First Nations communities and the need to take concrete action to address this problem.

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