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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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Toronto, ON - First Nations governments are putting the Ontario and Canadian Governments on notice that they will be exercising their jurisdiction over the resources on their lands and vigorously defending this jurisdiction by direct action if required.

In November 2010, by Resolution 10/11, the Chiefs in Assembly mandated the Resource Revenue and Benefit Sharing (“RRBS”) Task Force to engage in discussions with Ontario on resource revenue sharing with a view to presenting a draft agreement for approval at a Special Chiefs Assembly.

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Tune in to TVO on Friday April 8th, 2011 at 10:00 p.m. for Ontario Regional Chief Angus Toulouse’s television interview on “Allan Gregg in Conversation”.

The broadcast repeats on Saturday April 9th at 6:00 p.m. and Sunday April 10th at 6:30 p.m. For more information go on line to TVO.org.

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