March 23, 2007 09:00 ET

Grand Chief to open Nation Building Conference

Announcement of Anishinabek Women’s Water Commission

Attention: Assignment Editor, Environment Editor, News Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor SAULT STE. MARIE, ON, MEDIA ADVISORY--(CCNMatthews - March 23, 2007) - Grand Council Chief John Beaucage will address the Anishinabek Nation Building Conference on Saturday, March 24 in Sault Ste. Marie and announce the appointment of an Anishinabek Women's Water Commission to advise the Union of Ontario Indians on water issues and Great Lakes management issues.

It is expected that Grand Council Chief Beaucage and Minister David Ramsay, Minister of Natural Resources will sign a co-management agreement on Tuesday to ensure First Nation participation in all decision-making that will impact the Great Lakes basin. The newly created Commission will play a leadership role in raising the awareness of Great Lakes water and impacts to its quality and quantity. The Anishinabek Women's Water Commission will also share their tremendous traditional knowledge and teachings about water as they undertake their work across the Anishinabek Nation.

WHAT: Anishinabek Nation Building Conference &
announcement of the Anishinabek Womens Water Commission

WHO: Grand Council Chief John Beaucage
Anishinabek Women's Water Commission
Representatives from the Anishinabek Nation Chiefs, Elders Council, Women's Council and Youth Council.

WHERE: Holiday Inn - Waterfront
Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario

WHEN: Saturday, March 24, 2007

TIME: 9:00 a.m. EDT

The Anishinabek Nation incorporated the Union of Ontario Indians (UOI) as its secretariat in 1949. The UOI is a political advocate for 42-member First Nations across Ontario . The Union of Ontario Indians 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. IN: ENVIRONMENT, MEDIA, POLITICS

Contact Information

  • Bob Goulais, Executive Assistant to the Grand Council Chief
    Primary Phone: 705-497-9127 ext. 2245
    Secondary Phone: 705-498-5250
    E-mail: goubob@anishinabek.ca