(Toronto, Ontario, April 26, 2022) On March 3, 2022, the Chiefs of Ontario hosted a political strategy session for First Nations Leadership in Ontario to discuss their needs and challenges leading up to the 2022 Ontario general election. Creating a New Legacy: Building a Strong Foundation for Future Generations is the product of that session.

In this document, the Chiefs in Ontario collectively developed five priority areas that address many of the economic and social inequities faced by First Nations across Ontario. Creating a New Legacy is a call to action for the next provincial government to commit to a renewed relationship based on mutual respect and the recognition of our inherent and treaty rights.

“I am urging a full commitment from the next elected provincial government, based on the spirit and intent of reconciliation, and recognition of First Nations’ inherent and Treaty-protected rights,” said Ontario Regional Chief Glen Hare. “It is time for us – both First Nations and the Government of Ontario – to embrace effective self-determined solutions.”

First Nations leadership are seeking a commitment from the next provincial government to act on the five following priority areas:

  1. A Renewed Relationship
  2. Sustainable Community Development and Environmental Protection
  3. Health and Emergency Preparedness
  4. Community Well-being
  5. Indian Residential School Investigations

“I call upon the provincial government to work in full partnership with First Nations to address the priorities issues outlined in the Creating a New Legacy report. These priorities must be top of the legislative agenda and be met with concrete action and an all-of-government approach to create a strong foundation for First Nations and all Ontarians.”

Ontario Regional Chief Glen Hare

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