THUNDER BAY – Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler, on behalf of the Executive Council, congratulates Premier-elect Doug Ford and will engage with this new government as soon as possible on the many challenges facing NAN First Nations.
“We look forward to working with this government on the priorities identified by our leaders such as health transformation, resource revenue sharing, support for First Nations’ inherent rights and jurisdiction, and honouring our Treaties,” said Fiddler. “Our communities have made significant progress over the past few years and we will look to this government to continue Ontario’s commitments to all projects and agreements currently underway in NAN territory.”
NAN also congratulates Sol Mamakawa of Kingfisher Lake First Nation as the first MPP of the newly established Kiiwetinoong riding.
“On behalf of NAN, we congratulate Sol as the first MPP of the new Kiiwetinoong riding. Sol has dedicated his career to improving the health and well-being of our communities and will be a strong voice for the people of the North at Queen’s Park,” said Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler. “We also congratulate Guy Bourgouin elected in the Mushkegowuk-James Bay riding, and trust that he will be a strong advocate for the Mushkegowuk people.”
NAN is encouraged by the increased participation in this year’s election and acknowledges the many First Nation candidates who ran in northern ridings: Gaeton Baillargeol (Mushkegowuk-James Bay), Clifford Bull (Kiiwetinoong), Charles Fox (Algoma-Manitoulin) and Karen Kejick (Kenora-Rainy).