NEWS RELEASE: Webequie First Nation signs Cooperative Agreement with Ontario Government

For Immediate Release

Thursday June 14, 2012 

Webequie First Nation is pleased to announce the signing of a Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC) with the Ministry of Northern Development and Mines and the Ministry of Natural Resources.

The MOC, a continuation an MOC signed in May 2004, enhances the working relationship between the Ontario government and Webequie First Nation. The MOC recognizes and protects the interests of Webequie and puts in place commitments to discuss and find mutually acceptable solutions to socio-economic issues in Webequie’s traditional territory.

Webequie Chief Cornelius Wabasse said, “The signing of this MOC represents a very positive step and demonstrates good faith towards our community and its aspirations to be a real partner in the developments of our traditional territory. We look forward to building the foundations for success with all levels of government.”

“This MOC strengthens our long standing relationship with Webequie First Nation,” said Northern Development and Mines Minister Rick Bartolucci. “It reflects the vision and leadership of Webequie First Nation and the forward thinking of Chief Wabasse on behalf of his community. We will continue to work closely together to realize the many benefits that could be afforded us all as the Ring of Fire and other opportunities move forward.”

“I was very pleased to sign an updated Memorandum of Co-operation with Webequie First Nation I am honoured to work with the community of Webequie as we seek to achieve our mutual goals that will provide major benefits to their residents as well as many other Northern Ontario communities,” added Minister of Natural Resources Michael Gravelle.

Webequie First Nation is a growing Ojibway community located 540 km north of the city of Thunder Bay. Webequie First Nation is the closest community to the discovery areas in the Ring of Fire and it has over 700+ community members, many of which are actively enjoying their traditional cultural practices and harvesting activities.

For further information please contact:

Chief Cornelius Wabasse
T- (807) 353-6531
C- (807) 621-1970