Ontario and Grand Council Treaty #3 Renew Commitments
McGuinty Government Reaffirms Closer Ties with Treaty #3 First Nations
Ontario and Grand Council Treaty #3 are working together to improve the quality of life for 26 Anishinaabe communities in northwestern Ontario while promoting economic development.
The Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs and Grand Council Treaty #3 signed a bilateral agreement to work together on four priority areas: Anishinaabe education, children and youth issues, health and economic sustainability. A working plan has been developed for 2012-13 to make progress on each of these priorities.
The Ministry of Northern Development and Mines, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Grand Council Treaty #3 also signed a letter of commitment to help find practical approaches to economic development and the management of natural resources. Grand Council Treaty #3 and the province will meet annually in Treaty #3 territory to continue discussions and review progress.
Working together with First Nations' communities is part of the McGuinty government's commitment to building constructive and cooperative relations with Anishinaabe peoples in Ontario, and creating economic opportunities for Anishinaabe communities.
- Grand Council Treaty #3 is the traditional government of the Anishinaabe Nation and represents 26 member Anishinaabe communities in northwestern Ontario and two in Manitoba that are signatories to Treaty #3, signed in 1873.
- Commitments to enhance working relationships between Ontario and Treaty #3 communities were first set out in a letter of intent signed April 16, 2009 at the Mitaanjigamiing First Nation, and again in a letter of commitment signed March 12, 2010 at the Waabigon Saaga’iganiig (Wabigoon Lake Ojibway Nation)
“The Grand Council of Treaty 3 wants to continue to build upon and grow the relationship with the Ministry of Northern Development and Mines, Ministry of Natural Resources, and Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs. This signing ceremony reaffirms our commitment to working with Ontario to ensure our Treaty 3 communities have the opportunity to participate in economic development in our Territory”
Grand Chief Warren White
“The signing of this bilateral agreement signifies our government's commitment to work in partnership with the Grand Council Treaty #3 to address the unique socio-economic challenges of the Anishinaabe people. Through collaboration, we can make a real and tangible difference in the lives of Treaty #3 youth, families and communities.”
“I am honoured to participate in today’s signing ceremony which signals the renewal of the province’s commitment to building our relationship with Grand Council Treaty #3. I look forward to our ongoing work together to assist Grand Council Treaty #3 to develop economic opportunities among its member First Nations.”
“I look forward to building on our accomplishments to date, and to enhancing opportunities for cooperative work between the Ministry of Natural Resources and the Grand Council and member communities. I’m pleased to continue MNR’s strong working relationship with Treaty #3. Together we can continue to support a strong future for these communities.”