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TO: All First Nations Chiefs within Ontario
FROM: Regional Chief Angus Toulouse
DATE: March 20, 2012
RE: ONTARIO GOVERNMENT INTRODUCES A NEW TWO-YEAR ABORIGINAL PROCUREMENT INITIATIVE

On March 9, 2012, Aboriginal Affairs Minister Kathleen Wynne introduced the Government of Ontario’s Aboriginal Procurement Strategy. Please find attached to this bulletin Minister Wynne’s letter outlining this initiative. Ontario committed to developing this strategy at the Ontario First Nations Economic Forum in January 2010.

Toronto, ON – The Ontario Government has introduced a new two-year pilot Aboriginal Procurement Strategy that will require provincial ministries to consider Aboriginal procurement preferences for the delivery of goods and services in specific circumstances. “The announcement of this strategy is welcome and one that First Nations have been advocating for many years. We have a young, growing population that is focused on business development and entrepreneurship, and this strategy will assist existing and new businesses to grow and expand,” stated Ontario Regional Chief Angus Toulouse.

UPDATE

TO: First Nation Leadership and Administration Office
FR: Lori Jacobs, Executive Director
DT: March 13, 2012

RE: BROADBAND CONNECTIVITY NEEDS ASSESSMENT

As per resolution 09/14, the First Nations Broadband Connectivity Working Group (FNBCWG) has been working diligently to fulfill the mandate which states:

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