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Regional Chief RoseAnne Archibald Congratulates Premier Doug Ford, Deputy-Premier Christine Elliott and New Cabinet 

June 29, 2018 1:10 pm
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(Toronto, June 29, 2018) This morning, newly elected Regional Chief RoseAnne Archibald attended the swearing in of a new Ontario government. Premier Doug Ford and 21 members of his Cabinet, which includes Greg Rickford as the Minister of Energy, Northern Development and Mines, and Minister of Indigenous Affairs.

“On behalf of the 133 Chiefs in Ontario, I look forward to working closely with Premier Ford and his new Cabinet,” said Regional Chief Archibald. “I am disappointed that there is no longer a Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation. However, I am heartened by the fact that Greg Rickford will include the portfolio in his other responsibilities.

“As the MPP for Kenora—Rainy River, Minister Rickford is by far the best choice to work with our Peoples. He has worked as a nurse and lawyer in our communities and has a deep knowledge and understanding of our Peoples and the issues.

I was accompanied by one of our strong leaders, Six Nations Chief Ava Hill.

All of our Chiefs and portfolio holders at the Chiefs of Ontario look forward to working with all the new Ministers on pressing matters such as child welfare, health, housing, infrastructure, natural resources, the list goes on. Above all, we must continue to build our Nations, focus on our own law-making, and inherent and Treaty Rights.

As the new Regional Chief, and with a new government, there is an opportunity to begin a brand new relationship based upon a heart-centred, peaceful approach.  To paraphrase Premier Ford today, we must do better for our Peoples. Together, we will continue to walk along the path of Reconciliation.”

Ontario Regional Chief RoseAnne Archibald

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