Tbnewswatch Local News
Tuesday June 30 2015
8:02 PM EDT
2014-04-24 at 16:20

Strong foundation

 Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne addresses the media at the Valhalla Inn Thursday afternoon.
Jodi Lundmark, tbnewswatch.com
Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne addresses the media at the Valhalla Inn Thursday afternoon.
By Jodi Lundmark, tbnewswatch.com

THUNDER BAY -- Ontario's premier says the province and Matawa First Nations have built a solid foundation for Ring of Fire negotiations.

Kathleen Wynne was in Thunder Bay Thursday at the Valhalla Inn to celebrate the signing of a framework agreement between the province and the nine First Nation communities late last month.

"What we want to do now is we want to start to work with communities and with businesses," said Wynne. "We all need to work together now to determine how we're going to take advantage of this terrific economic opportunity."

The framework is the first step in the process and the premier said the next discussions will be about infrastructure and the development corporation.

"(It's) about making sure we've got mechanisms where everyone can be at the table and we can determine how that infrastructure is going to be built," said Wynne.

Pulling from her experience as the former Minister of Aboriginal Affairs, Wynne said in order to get the Ring of Fire right from the beginning, there has to be a lot of conversation.

A retooling of the relationship between First Nations and non-First Nations people is also necessary, she said.

"We need to put back the traditional notions of what's possible and what's not possible based on a history has not been respectful, that has not been a partnership," Wynne said.

The Matawa chiefs expressed their hope and optimism over the framework agreement and Aroland First Nation Chief Sonny Gagnon said he is excited about moving forward.

And while he's ready to see development in his community, Gagnon said he wants to make sure that long after the mining is done, the land will still be there.

"I want to reassure my children's children's children in the future that the environment is going to be there for them to carry on our traditions, our way of life," he said.

Gagnon wants to make it work - to bring development and maintain his way of life - so that Aroland can improve its quality of life by improving things like housing, education and running water.

Thursday's celebration included traditional First Nation ceremonies and a commemorative signing of the framework agreement.



Click here to submit a letter to the editor.

Click here to report a typo or error



We've improved our comment system.
The Badger Mountain Hermit says:
I bet any one of us could ask those 2 gang members and their Lady Capo there 10 serious questions, and they would REFUSE to reply or comment on ALL them. We actually know very little of what these types of individuals truly think...they tell us what we like to hear, but they talk and plot and act behind our backs. Our MPPs don't comment much on anything, beyond a photo-op or quick sound bite. This isn't Democracy anymore, it's Oligarchy.
5/1/2014 8:45:46 AM
citywkr says:
events center!
4/24/2014 10:29:57 PM
reese says:
Now we know why it snowed today
Just another reason to keep your boots on
4/24/2014 9:48:56 PM
Watchful says:
Blah, blah blah
4/24/2014 9:39:45 PM
oracle says:
"This is the first step in the process". ??? Oh. My. God. All you speculators, sell sell sell!
4/24/2014 9:16:47 PM
prospector pete says:
Fought forest fires with Sonny Gangon back in the late 60s early 70s. He could be the leader that ensures that my home town of Nakina and all other communitys in our great north will prosper, we never seperated nationalties.In fact his anscetors from Aroland formed the first Provinal Forest fire team .
Thanks for keeping the hope Sonny
4/24/2014 5:43:32 PM
S Duncan says:
A single person cannot make a town/area prosperous, it takes everybody to do it.
4/24/2014 8:42:20 PM
Zelig says:
But can everybody agree on what 'prosperity' is? In my mind, prosperity is freedom. By that definition, 'prosperity' is nowhere to be seen.
4/25/2014 10:14:49 AM
yoyoma says:
the state of being prosperous.
"a long period of prosperity"
synonyms: success, profitability, affluence, wealth, opulence, luxury, the good life, milk and honey, (good) fortune, ease, plenty, comfort, security, well-being More.

So basically no it isn't your definition.
4/25/2014 10:45:53 AM
Zelig says:
Thanks for straightening me out. I had no idea how narrow the actual definition was. So what's your definition of 'freedom'?
4/25/2014 11:36:11 AM
S Duncan says:
Im in complete agreement with your definition.
4/25/2014 11:06:32 AM
yqtyqt says:
blah, blah, blah says McWynnty. Mike agrees blah, blah, blah. Followed by Billie, blah, blah, blah.

All I hear is a whole lot of nothing. The same old hollow statements. The same old BS. The same old election rhetoric. Complete with photo ops and promises.

So exactly why was McWynnty in Thunder bay again? Can anyone smell and election in the air?

Lets just move on to the next newsworthy story. This scene is far to stale and predictable.
4/24/2014 4:36:16 PM
Comments for this story are semi-moderated. Read our comment guideline.

Add a new comment.
You must log in to add comments.
Create a new account
Log In