Mayor John Tory on Listening and Learning Tour
THUNDER BAY – Toronto Mayor John Tory will be busy for the next few days. The Mayor arrived in Thunder Bay this morning headed north to Kitchenuhmayooosib Inninuwug First Nation. The Mayor is headed to KI, about 580 km (360 mi) north of Thunder Bay, Ontario as a part of an annual gathering where the community youth and Elders as well as officials invite community leaders and interested Canadians to spend a week in their community.
The effort is part of the “Reconciliation Trip”Reconciliation Education.
The Youth of Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug living in the remote Boreal forest of Northwestern Ontario invite you in their homes on an all-inclusive trip.
The youth and their community graciously open their homes to 25 Canadians and look forward to:
- An honest dialogue on their living conditions
- Sharing their pride in the beauty of their culture set in their pristine land on Big Trout Lake
- Making the invisible visible through an unforgettable act of friendship and reconciliation
Mayor Tory stated in an interview with NetNewsLedger that his hope is to learn more about the issues that face the people in Northern communities so he can help, through his connections and exposure to media across Toronto to help educate and inform more people about the realities in the north that people face.
Tory stated that if there were similar conditions in the south, or in Toronto that people would be rioting in the streets.
Arriving in Kitchenuhmayooosib Inninuwug, the Mayor was greeting by Chief James Cutfeet and Wapekeka First Nation Chief Brennan Sainnawap as well a a large number of youth.
More than anything, the youth want to create an opportunity to showcase their positive leadership, and the spirit of their community to shine through.