THUNDER BAY, ON (August 1, 2017): Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler signed a Statement of Commitment to First Nation Youth and Families with Fort William First Nation and the City of Thunder Bay today.
This Statement of Commitment recognizes that the escalation of incidents of violence and racial tensions in the City of Thunder Bay have created a crisis for the leadership and citizens of First William First Nation, the City of Thunder Bay, and Nishnawbe Aski Nation, who share concern for the safety and well-being of Indigenous people who live in, and visit the City. Especially youth, who must relocate to Thunder Bay from their home communities in order to pursue their education at secondary school, college and university.
As leaders of Fort William First Nation, the City of Thunder Bay and Nishnawbe Aski Nation, we are united in our commitment to peaceful co-existence and reconciliation. We recognize the urgent need to improve relations among the Indigenous population who reside in and visit the City to access education, medical and health care, employment, cultural and recreation activities, and the non-Indigenous population.
As signatories to this Commitment to First Nation Youth and Families we hereby declare our resolve to work collaboratively to ensure the safety and well-being of First Nation students while in the City of Thunder Bay. We also declare our intent to work together, and with other community organizations, to address issues affecting the health, safety and security of all residents, regardless of ethnicity, in a respectful and appropriate manner.
For more information please contact: Michael Heintzman, Director of Communications – Nishnawbe Aski Nation (807) 625-4965 or cell (807) 621-2790 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org