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CHIEFS OF ONTARIO SECRETARIAT LAUNCH SECOND EDITION OF NATIONALLY-DISTRIBUTED MAGAZINE FEATURING STORIES FROM THE YOUTH, LEADERS AND COMMUNITY VOICES

TORONTO, ON (Feb 7, 2017) --- Chief Operating Officer of the Chiefs of Ontario Secretariat Nathan Wright is pleased to announce that the second edition of the Chiefs of Ontario Magazine The Advocate has wrapped up and is currently being distributed to communities across the country.

“On behalf of everyone at Chiefs of Ontario, we are so proud that our inaugural issue was so well received and distributed to all 133 First Nations communities in Ontario and to chiefs across the country,” said Nathan Wright. “We’re also equally proud that our call for feedback has resulted with your input integrated into this current edition. It’s truly a community-driven publication.”

The theme of the issue is ‘Securing Our Rightful Place in Canada’ and features outspoken youth advocate Autumn Peltier on the cover. She represents our youth and is a passionate voice for the climate change and environmental responsibility movement across the country.

The Advocate is an opportunity to see what’s happening politically, economically, environmentally and how First Nation communities are growing and flourishing. Stories include a first person account of time spent in the camps at Standing Rock by Cody Looking Horse, a youth from Six Nations who paints a descriptive picture of life on the front lines. A feature on a school in Kettle and Stony Point embracing new technology and another on Human Rights program that encourages First Nations people to tell their own stories are both stories that will lead our people to a secure future in the country.

Also included is an inspiring profile on dynamic Chief Louise Hillier of Caldwell First Nation. There is a piece on wealth creation which highlights three communities that are creating wealth opportunities for their citizens through smart business initiatives.

Over 3000 copies are printed with an estimated readership of over 8,100, distributed to all 633 First Nations across Canada with a large focus on Ontario, friendship centers, all PTO’s and various government agencies and advertisers. The magazine is available at no cost to communities and citizens and is also available to read online at: The Advocate Issue 2

“When we discuss looking further into 2017 the theme of this issue of the Advocate, ‘Securing our Rightful Place’, becomes quite pivotal. This year, Canada will be celebrating 150 years since Confederation,” said Ontario Regional Chief Isadore Day. “Led by the direction of the Chiefs in the province, we will work towards ensuring that Canadians are reminded of our histories, both collective and individual, as we carve the path towards reconciliation and demonstrate the reality of the past 150 years for First Nations.”

The Chiefs of Ontario is an advocacy forum, and a secretariat for collective decision making, action, and advocacy for the 133 First Nation communities located within the boundaries of the province of Ontario, Canada.

 

For more info, please contact: Jamie Monastyrski, Communications: 807-630-7087 Jamie.Monastyrski@coo.org

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