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Lands and resources forum slated for February

Eighth annual Anishinabek Nation event will take place in North Bay Feb. 13-15
The Anishinabek Nation's administration building is located in North Bay.

The Anishinabek Nation’s Lands and Resources Department will host its eighth annual Lands and Resources Forum in North Bay Feb. 13-15.

Under the theme ‘Kina-Gego-Naabadosin – Everything is Connected,’ the event will draw Anishinabek Nation leadership, First Nations and citizens, government officials, industry experts, and academic speakers to consult, share, and educate on topics relating to lands and resources.

During the forum, participants will address topics including the Great Lakes, agriculture and food security, critical minerals and mining, forestry, energy, invasive species, and their impact on First Nations across Ontario and Canada.

“While we maintain our roles as stewards, we must also continue to strive towards economic sustainability in all of our communities,” Grand Council Chief Reg Niganobe said in welcoming attendees to the forum.

“Reconciliation must provide a mutually beneficial path forward in creating successful partnerships that do not impede on our rights and jurisdiction. There is so much to realize in how collaborative innovation can benefit not only us but the future generations.”

The Anishinabek Nation is a political advocate for 39 member First Nations across Ontario, representing approximately 65,000 citizens. 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.