NEW PROVINCIAL CABINET A STEP BACKWARD FOR INDIGENOUS RELATIONS
THUNDER BAY, ON (June 29, 2018): Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler has released the following statement regarding the new provincial cabinet announced by Premier Doug Ford today:
“Collapsing the Ministry of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation into a joint ministry with Energy, Northern Development and Mines sends a clear signal that improving relations with Indigenous Peoples is not a priority for the Ford government. It is difficult to see how progress can continue to be made when our interests are reduced to only be of importance insofar as they relate to the government’s ability to access the resources within our lands. This government is advised that any effort to undermine the Treaty, ancestral or territorial rights of NAN First Nations will be decisively fought at both the political and legal levels. Our leaders are united in their resolve to protect and assert our rightful authority and jurisdiction over our homelands.”
NAN First Nations are fully prepared and committed to defending their homelands and assert their rightful jurisdictions and authority.
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