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Please be advised that the Honouring the Water Indigenous Water Conference will take place next week and will bring together First Nations from within Ontario and Great Lakes Basin Tribal leadership to discuss, plan, and strategize how to maintain, preserve, and protect the waters. This conference will be focused on the key themes of: history, jurisdiction, healthy water, and creating a path forward. The conference will be live-streamed online by both and

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TORONTO — On June 14th, the Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development (AANDC) released the results of the National Assessment of Water and Wastewater Systems in First Nation Communities.

Some of the key findings for First Nations in Ontario include:

Seventy two or 45.5% of the Water Treatment plants are at high risk
Sixty one or 38.6% of the Water Treatment plants are at medium risk
Twenty five or 15.0% of the Water Treatment plants are low risk

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The Chiefs of Ontario supported by Ministry of Children and Youth Services is developing a youth led First Nations Youth Engagement Policy and Framework. The Policy and Framework will identify and determine how First Nation youth are meaningfully engaged in the planning and decision-making that will impact them. A series of youth led Youth Forums are taking place in five communities in the region, including three First Nation host communities.

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The Chiefs of Ontario Education Coordination Unit is pleased to announce the confirmation of the following events:

Early Learning Summit
September 27 & 28, 2011
Courtyard Marriott
Toronto, ON


"Our Children, Our Future, Our Way"
First Nation Education Conference
October 26 & 27, 2011
Victoria Inn
Thunder Bay, ON

Additional information will be posted as it becomes available. Please keep checking the events section of this site for updates or contact the COO Education Department for more details.

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The Environment Sector is pleased to announce that they have successfully secured a $100,000 grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation over 12 months for a collaborative project between the Chiefs of Ontario and Walter Gordon Duncan Foundation.

The grant is to launch the first phase of a comprehensive three-part training program that will develop the capacity of more than 100 First Nations in Ontario to align Environmental Assessments with the negotiation of Impact and Benefit Agreements.