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COLUMN: Bill 23 puts First Nations in a ‘dangerous’ place – Orillia Matters

‘How are we to respect the laws you create when you can’t?’ asks local elder, who says Ford government has turned its back on its ‘duty to consult’ with First Nations

Every morning for what seemed like decades, Alfred King would rise up before the sun at his home on Christian Island in Georgian Bay. He would make himself a big bowl of porridge before sitting down at the dining room table to eat. It was his morning ritual. He would eat quietly trying not to wake his family still sleeping snugly in their beds.

After breakfast he would head into the porch where he would pull on his hip waders before heading outside to hop into his pickup truck. He drove down into the village to pick up his younger brother, J.R., and together they would drive to the shoreline where their small 12-foot aluminum boat waited for them.

Alfred would push the boat out into Georgian Bay and he and J.R. would venture out into the deep water to lift their fishing nets. They both loved the quiet of the bay on those early mornings as the sun would rise above the horizon illuminating their quest to sustain themselves.

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