Bryant Visits Caledonia

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Bryant Visits Caledonia

Ministry of Indigenous Affairs

New Aboriginal Affairs Minister Gains Deeper Understanding of Community CALEDONIA, ON, Nov. 26 - Michael Bryant, Ontario's new Minister of Aboriginal Affairs, concluded his first visit to Caledonia this afternoon with a deeper understanding of the community and the local situation. "I came to Caledonia to listen, to learn, and to get the lay of the land," said Bryant. "My visit today and hearing what people have to say will help to inform my view of the negotiations." During his visit, Bryant met with: - Six Nations Elected Band Council Chief David General - Haldimand County Mayor Marie Trainer and Councillors Craig Grice and Lorne Boyko, and Haldimand County CAO Don Boyle - Local historian Barbara Martindale - Intercommunity Faith Council members Father George Sammut (St. Patrick's Catholic Church; Rev. Blake Eady (Caledonia Baptist Church); Rev Ross Baxter (New Life Community Church); Nina Burnham (Six Nations elder, Six Nations Anglican Church). - Local community and business leaders including Ralph Luimes, CEO Hal- Nor Credit Union and member of Caledonia Citizens' Alliance. Contact Info Bryant spoke with Six Nations Band Council Chief-Elect Bill Montour last week. A meeting with Chief-Elect Bill Montour and leaders of the Haudenosaunee Iroquois Confederacy will likely take place in the coming weeks. Bryant said his priority now is seeing the negotiations continue to move towards a positive resolution as well as strengthening the relationships between Six Nations people and their neighbours. "Resolving this situation is a priority for the McGuinty government," Bryant said. "But the two parties - the federal government and Haudenosaunee/Six Nations - have to make the final decisions. This is an opportunity to use our government's momentum to make progress." Disponible en français www.aboriginalaffairs.gov.on.ca For further information: Greg Crone, Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs, Minister's Office, (416) 606-8562; Lars Eedy, Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs, Communications Branch, (416) 327-9631 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; Lars Eedy, Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs, Communications Branch, (416) 327-9631