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Minister's Visit To Strengthen Communities

Second Tour Continues Partnership Dialogue With Far North First Nations

SUDBURY - The Ontario government is working in partnership with First Nations communities to develop a comprehensive plan for northern prosperity that will work to address their concerns and goals, said Northern Development and Mines Minister Rick Bartolucci.

"My Northern Caucus colleagues and I advocate on behalf of all northerners," Bartolucci said on the eve of his second tour to the Far North this year. "My visits this week to Eabametoong, Kasabonika Lake and Webequie First Nations are in keeping with that commitment."

During Bartolucci's first Far North tour in February, he had productive meetings with the leadership of the Nishnawbe Aski Nation, Eabametoong First Nation, Neskantaga First Nation, Long Lake 58 First Nation, Matawa Tribal Council, Nishnawbe Aski Development Fund, Grand Council Treaty #3 and Mushkegowuk Council. He also met with community leaders in Moose Factory and Attawapiskat.

The minister was honoured to be the first Ontario cabinet minister to attend the Nishnawbe Aski Development Fund's annual business awards last November.

"The Ontario government wants to build stronger partnerships with First Nations to create new opportunities and strengthen the foundations of their communities," Bartolucci added. "I look forward to continuing the dialogue that will allow us to meet our mutual goals for healthy and thriving First Nations in Ontario's North."

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