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Province And First Nation To Advance Economic Development

Jointly produced mining glossary enhances knowledge and goodwill

FORT HOPE -- The Ontario government has worked in partnership with the Eabametoong First Nation to produce a mining glossary that will help this Far North community advance its economic development goals, Northern Development and Mines Minister Rick Bartolucci announced today.

"This is a wonderful tool for increasing understanding among Eabametoong First Nation members of the range of mineral exploration and development activity," Bartolucci said. "However, an equally important benefit has been the opportunity for my ministry to strengthen its understanding of the community's values and perspectives."

Community leaders and the minister, who is on a two-day visit to Ontario's Far North along with Parliamentary Assistant Bill Mauro (Thunder Bay-Atikokan MPP), held a ceremony today to sign the current draft of the glossary of geology and mining-related information. The glossary will evolve over time and be updated on an ongoing basis.

"Creating this glossary has given the members of our community more confidence to consider the potential economic benefits of mineral activity," said Eabametoong First Nation Chief Charlie Okeese. "We believe it can also help other Far North communities in areas of interest to mining companies."

Elders, community members and students developed the glossary with the assistance of ministry staff to convey the meaning of geological and mining-related terms in local dialect Ojibway, phonetics, syllabics and English.

"The opportunity to strengthen our relationship with our remote First Nations is something the McGuinty government takes very seriously," said Mauro. "I look forward to being actively involved in laying solid foundations of trust and friendship with our Far North Aboriginal partners."

 "After my meetings with First Nation leaders last February, I promised that I would be back to meet with other Aboriginal communities," Bartolucci added. "I am happy to be here to continue a dialogue that our government believes is a first, essential step to real, positive change in the Far North."

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