MP Clement, MP Rob Clarke, and representatives of First Nations discussed the challenges they face, the successes they are achieving and how we can continue to work together for the growth and betterment of communities. The roundtable was held at the Charles W. Stockey Centre, and invitees included the leadership of Dokis First Nation, Henvey Inlet First Nation, Magnetawan First Nation, Pottawatomi of Moose Deer Point First Nation, Shawanaga First Nation, Wahta Mohawk First Nation and Wasauksing First Nation.
October 7, 2013
PARRY SOUND – MUSKOKA Parry Sound-Muskoka MP Tony Clement welcomed the Conservative Government’s Aboriginal Caucus chair, MP Rob Clarke (Desnethé–Missinippi–Churchill River), to Parry Sound-Muskoka today for a roundtable discussion with the leaders of First Nation communities from across the region.
“Today we heard from the First Nations leaders of Parry Sound-Muskoka. We discussed the challenges they face, the successes they are achieving and how we can continue to work together for the growth and betterment of communities,” said MP Clement. “I appreciate that MP Clarke could come and listen to our First Nation leadership, and discuss the work of the Aboriginal Caucus.”
Representatives at the round-table, held at the Charles W. Stockey Centre, included the leadership of Dokis First Nation, Henvey Inlet First Nation, Magnetawan First Nation, Pottawatomi of Moose Deer Point First Nation, Shawanaga First Nation, Wahta Mohawk First Nation and Wasauksing First Nation. The round-table commenced with a ceremonial prayer.
MP Clarke is a member of the Muskeg Lake First Nation and grew up in the community of Quesnel, British Columbia. He was first elected to the House of Commons in 2008.
An 18-year veteran of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, MP Clarke has extensive policing experience pertaining to First Nation communities. He’s had seven postings in his career, all within the province of Saskatchewan, having served the communities of Indian Head, Sandy Lake First Nation, Red Earth First Nation, Onion Lake First Nation, Rosthern, Ile a la Crosse, Spiritwood and Warman.
“It was my great pleasure to be invited to Parry Sound-Muskoka by MP Clement to meet with the First Nations leadership within his riding,” said MP Clarke, author of Private Member’s Bill C-428, ‘An Act to Amend the Indian Act (Publication of Bylaws) and to Provide for Its Replacement.’
“As a First Nations member, it was important to me that our government and First Nations address the issues and concerns around the Indian Act. Most of the leaders in our First Nations communities and a large number of our grass roots community members want to see the Indian Act replaced with legislation that will redefine the relationship between the Crown and First Nations.”
The roundtable was also an opportunity to discuss the recent Land Management agreement approvals for Magnetawan and Wasauksing First Nation communities. The First Nations Land Management Act (FNLMA) enables participating First Nations to opt out of the 34 land-related sections of the Indian Act and develop their own land codes to govern their lands and resources. This opens up a host of new economic opportunities for First Nations and Canadian businesses.
For more information on FNLMA please visit:
Huntsville Office Parry Sound Office Bracebridge Office
44A King William Street 17 James Street 126 Kimberley Avenue
Huntsville, ON Parry Sound, ON Bracebridge, ON
(705) 789-4640 (705) 746-9053 (705) 645-1593