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United Nations Recognizes Ontario

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United Nations Recognizes Ontario

McGuinty Government Building Positive Relations With Aboriginal People

Ministry of Indigenous Affairs

The United Nations honoured Ontario for its efforts to build stronger, more positive relationships with Aboriginal people.

The province was recognized for setting a new course to build constructive, collaborative relationships with Aboriginal peoples in Ontario.

Aboriginal partners helped nominate Ontario and praised our efforts to promote respect and understanding. They also highlighted the province's commitment to building trust and productive relationships with Aboriginal communities and organizations.

Quick Facts

  • The Award was presented today at a ceremony in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
  • Ontario created the province's first stand-alone Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs in 2007 in response to the recommendations of the Ipperwash Inquiry.
  • The United Nations Public Service Awards are the most prestigious international recognition of excellence in the public service.
  • This is the second time Ontario's public service has been honoured with a UN award. The province was previously recognized in 2009 for French-language services.
  • Awards are presented annually on June 23 to mark United Nations Public Service Day.

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“This prestigious award recognizes the important work we are doing to strengthen relationships with Aboriginal people in Ontario. While there remains more to be done, Ontario public servants and our government, can be rightfully proud of the advancements we've made so far.”

Chris Bentley

Minister of Aboriginal Affairs

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Government Aboriginal People