Progress being made on Caledonia situation

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Progress being made on Caledonia situation

Ministry of Indigenous Affairs

TORONTO, April 28 - The Ontario government is asking Caledonia residents to be patient while positive discussions towards reaching a fair, broad-based response to the situation at Douglas Creek Estates continue. "We understand that people are concerned and we are committed to working with all parties towards a peaceful resolution," said David Ramsay, Minister Responsible for Aboriginal Affairs. "We are optimistic that working together, we can find a solution that reflects the interests of the community of Caledonia, Six Nations, and the affected developer and builders." Over the past several weeks, the province has had dozens of staff from several ministries working continuously, and sometimes around the clock, to help find a solution. There are now senior officials from the Ontario government in Caledonia meeting with the municipality and business representatives. Positive results have come out of the discussions to date. The province has made a commitment to the developer and the builders for immediate funding assistance related to the Douglas Creek Estates. The province has also committed to have its special advisor continue to work with these individuals. "We know we can make more progress, but the solution will come easier if all parties remain calm and cool heads prevail," said Ramsay. "Provincial officials will keep the community informed as talks continue." Disponible en fran├žais www.aboriginalaffairs.osaa.gov.on.caFor further information: Ginette Albert, Minister Ramsay's Office, (416) 314-2212; Anne-Marie Flanagan, Minister Ramsay's Office, (416) 327-0654