First Nations, Ontario Agree to New Political Accord
Milestone Agreement Signals Positive Step in Reconciliation Efforts
Today the Chiefs of Ontario and the Government of Ontario agreed to an historic political accord that will guide the relationship between First Nations and the province.
Building on a proposal presented by the Chiefs of Ontario, the accord outlines political commitments by First Nations and Ontario, serving as a guide to positive working relationships between the parties.
The accord recognizes First Nations have an inherent right to self-government and commits the Province and the Chiefs of Ontario to work together on shared priorities that improve the lives of First Nations people.
The political accord will be signed at a later date by First Nations leaders, including newly elected Regional Chief Isadore Day, and Premier Kathleen Wynne.
- Prior to contact with Europeans, First Nations were independent nations. The treaties they made with the Crown reflect a mutual commitment to working together on areas of common interest and mutual benefit.
- Treaties are the legally binding agreements that set out rights and responsibilities and guide relationships among First Nations and the federal and provincial governments.
- Ontario is covered by 46 treaties and other agreements, such as land purchases by the Crown signed between 1781 and 1930.
“This political accord shows that there is a spirit of openness and a willingness from both our government and First Nations to work together to achieve common goals. Negotiating this accord has been a very positive experience. I look forward to continuing to work with the First Nations in Ontario, guided by this significant agreement.”
“I am pleased that the First Nations and Ontario have renewed their relationship. This accord recognizes that First Nations and Ontario must work together to address the pressing needs of our communities. I look forward to working with Ontario in the spirit of the accord.”