NORTH BAY – For the second year, Grand Council Chief Patrick Wedaseh Madahbee welcomes First Nations, citizens, government, industry and academia to the 2018 Lands and Resources Forum on the traditional land of Nipissing First Nation. The three-day event focuses on treaty rights as they affect Lands and Resources.
The event brings together 40 member Anishinabek First Nations, representing over 60,000 citizens from the Lake Huron, the Northern Superior, and the Southeast and Southwest Regions in Ontario.
The forum’s theme “Everything is Connected” is reflected in the Sharing Circle format of the talks, where everyone in the circle participates together.
“It’s very important for the format of the forum to be conducive to our goal of understanding, and respecting each other’s views and perspectives,” says Grand Council Chief Madahbee.
This year’s forum opens with the Anishinabek Nation Leadership panel, followed by a plenary session of First Nation Elders sharing their experiences, challenges and insights related to their communities and regions.
Over the course of the forum being held February 6-8 at the Best Western, attendees will also take part in presentations and discussions from representatives from a number of ministries, including the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, and the Ministry of Transportation. Other topics include a panel on future consultation from a legal perspective with representatives from Olthuis Kleer Townshend LLP, a discussion on the reality of today’s environment with First Nation technicians, and a keynote address on energy independence from Induspec, a local engineering firm.
The final day of the forum includes an Anishinabek Nation Caucus, allowing the 40 member First Nations to discuss and reflect on their time together.
The Anishinabek Nation is a political advocate for 40 member communities across Ontario, representing approximately 60,000 people. The Anishinabek Nation is the oldest political organization in Ontario and can trace its roots back to the Confederacy of Three Fires, which existed long before European contact.