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Nov. 9th, 2022
All of Muskoka’s municipalities have signed the Muskoka Indigenous Leadership Table Friendship Accord.
“The Muskoka Area Indigenous Leadership Table is an important forum that has helped strengthen relationships between not only Indigenous Nations and the municipalities in Muskoka, but also between participating Indigenous Nations,” Says Chief Ted Williams, of the Chippewas of Rama First Nation. “The Friendship Accord will ensure that even as membership changes at the table, the MAILT will continue to meet, strengthen relationships and mutual understanding, and continue to strive for mutual benefits.”
There will be at least four meetings a year, according to the accord, and members will “engage in open and constructive dialogue.” An annual forum will be organized by the district as well to go over long-term project planning that may impact Indigenous communities and give them a chance to give input. Working groups could be created “from time to time,” according to the accord, to work on projects and allow for better communication.
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