TORONTO – First Nation leaders from across Ontario are meeting this week at the ‘Leaders in the Legislature’ event with Premier Kathleen Wynne and Ontario Cabinet Ministers to discuss collaborative actions on First Nations priority issues such as community safety, education, community wellness, infrastructure and environment.
“It’s only been over a year since we signed the Political Accord with the Province of Ontario and over this time we have moved forward on some major issues and the province has made good on the commitment to a renewed government-to-government relationship,” said Ontario Regional Chief Isadore Day.
The ‘Leaders in the Legislature’ event consists of a series of discussions between First Nations leaders and Ontario Cabinet Ministers addressing key issues such as resource benefit/revenue sharing, Treaty recognition, health, economic development, mental wellbeing, health, ending boil water advisories; and missing and murdered indigenous women and girls.
Combined with a Special Chiefs Assembly, this is an opportunity for Chiefs to rebuild and renew their relationship with the province and meet to discuss community priority issues with Cabinet Ministers face to face.
November 21st is the 20th anniversary of the release of the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples (RCAP) report. The report made over 400 recommendations aimed at improving socio-economic conditions, while providing First Nations more control over their governance and institutions, particularly education and child welfare.