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Greater Cooperation Will Lead To Economic Opportunities

McGuinty Government And Grand Council Treaty #3 To Build Closer Ties

The ministries of Natural Resources and Northern Development and Mines and Grand Council Treaty #3 are committing to work together in promoting greater economic opportunities for First Nation communities in Treaty 3 territory.

The parties have signed a letter of intent to improve and enhance their working relationship. The parties' goal is to further the First Nation communities' interest in building capacity for involvement in forestry, mineral exploration, fish and wildlife, as well as business relationships. This development builds on the provincial government's commitment to building constructive and cooperative relations with Aboriginal peoples in Ontario.

Quick Facts

  • Grand Council Treaty #3 includes 28 First Nations, two of which are located in Manitoba.
  • Treaty 3 was signed on October 3, 1873 at the north-west angle of the Lake of the Woods.

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“Today's signing will help contribute to developing a closer working relationship with Grand Council Treaty #3 as we seek to ensure benefits for Anishinaabe people. We’re doing what we can to ensure an improved quality of life and expanded economic opportunities for all Aboriginal peoples.”

Donna Cansfield

Minister of Natural Resources

“Signing a Letter of Intent is more than a symbolic gesture. It clearly demonstrates that our government is fully engaged in efforts to work with chiefs, territorial leaders and other First Nation officials from across Ontario to effect change for the better.”

Michael Gravelle

Minister of Northern Development and Mines

“Our Chiefs will now be better engaged in our relationship with these key ministries and receive much welcome support through our Impact/Benefit Coordinators. It is a start that I am hopeful will be the foundation of all activity and development in our territory, to see our communities as viable economic partners and that the Anishinaabe will truly benefit from our shared resources into the future.”

Ogichidaakwe Diane Kelly

Grand Chief of Grand Council Treaty #3

Media Contacts

  • Anne-Marie Flanagan

    Minister’s Office, Ministry of Northern Development and Mines




Rural and North Aboriginal People