6 X 9 inches, 170 pages
Studies In Ontario - First Nations Relations
Bruce W. Hodgins, Shawn Heard, John S.Milloy
Frost Centre for Canadian Studies & Heritage Development
ON THE 6th OF AUGUST 1991 the Premier of Ontario, Bob Rae, met Chiefs representing Ontario First Nations on Mount McKay on the Fort William First Nation near Thunder Bay and signed a Statement of Political Relationship recognizing that the aboriginal people "exist in Ontario as distinct nations, with their governments, cultures, languages, traditions, customs and territories."
This recognition, the pledge of respectful, cooperative co-existence within a shared land and the Province's apparent determination to push forward the First Nations' claim to self-government in the on-going process of constitutional reform, may well represent a historic moment in aboriginal-white relations in the Province of Ontario.