McGuinty Government Seeks Practical Solutions In Meeting With Nishnawbe Aski Nation Chiefs

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McGuinty Government Seeks Practical Solutions In Meeting With Nishnawbe Aski Nation Chiefs

Ministry of Indigenous Affairs

New Aboriginal Affairs Minister Goes To Northern Ontario For First Meeting TIMMINS, ON, Nov. 13 - Michael Bryant, Ontario's new Minister of Aboriginal Affairs, says seeking practical solutions to long-standing problems are his focus as he met with Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) chiefs at his first meeting with Aboriginal leaders since his appointment October 30. "I'm here to listen, to learn and to seek practical solutions," said Bryant. "I'm meeting old friends and making new friends. I couldn't be more pleased to be here." Bryant said Grand Chief Stan Beardy personally congratulated him on his appointment minutes after the cabinet swearing-in ceremony at Queen's Park on October 30 and at the same time invited him to visit the NAN chiefs meeting. "I was honoured by Grand Chief Beardy's invitation and I accepted on the spot," Bryant said. "I am looking forward to working closely with Grand Chief Beardy and the NAN chiefs of the Northern Table and finding practical solutions that benefit everyone." Nishnawbe Aski Nation chiefs, in partnership with the Ontario government, established the Northern Table in April 2007. The aim is to bring about greater environmentally sustainable socio-economic benefits for all residents of Northern Ontario. Disponible en français www.aboriginalaffairs.gov.on.ca Contact Info For further information: Greg Crone, Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs, Minister's Office, (416) 606-8562; Michah Rynor, Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs, Communications Branch, (416) 314-7417 HELP | CONTACT US | PRIVACY | IMPORTANT NOTICES © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2008-2009 — Last Modified: February 15, 2009 For further information: Greg Crone, Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs, Minister's Office, (416) 606-8562; Michah Rynor, Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs, Communications Branch, (416) 314-7417