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November 7, 2007
City’s Aboriginal Affairs Advisory Committee holds inaugural meeting
Councillor Paula Fletcher convened the first meeting of City Council’s Aboriginal Affairs Advisory Committee, which was re-established to advise the Mayor and City Council on the achievement of the social, cultural, economic and spiritual well-being of Aboriginal people in Toronto, and to advise on strategies leading to the elimination of barriers to participation in public life.

“I’m delighted and honoured to work with the members of our Aboriginal community as we work to give meaning to the right of Aboriginal people to self-determination, a principle which has already been endorsed by City Council,” said Councillor Fletcher, who was appointed by City Council to Chair the committee.

Representatives of 13 Toronto-based Aboriginal organizations participated in the first meeting of the committee on Friday, November 2, to itemize the issues that they want to address in the coming months, including receiving updates from City divisions on the steps that have been taken to implement previous recommendations.

Among the priorities identified by the committee were homelessness and affordable housing, access to municipal funding programs, education services, the representation of Aboriginal people in the City’s work force and the development of cultural programs in relation to land claims negotiations. The Committee will meet every second month and will report to City Council through the Executive Committee.

Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years, Toronto has won more than 70 awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Media contacts:
Councillor Paula Fletcher, Chair, Aboriginal Affairs Advisory Committee, 416-392-4060,
Mae Maracle, Co-ordinator, Aboriginal Affairs Committee 416-392-5583,
Ceta Ramkhalawansingh, Manager, Diversity Management and Community Engagement, City Manager’s Office, 416-392-6824,



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