Kenora-Rainy River's new MPP, Greg Rickford, is hoping a plan for resource revenue sharing can help the northwest.
"We can start to build more in our community that reflects what it is we actually do, and most importantly what we contribute to this province and to our country," he said.
During the provincial election campaign, Tories talked about sharing stumpage fees and mining royalties with both municipalities and First Nations.
"Premier (Doug) Ford thought that it was more important, going ahead, that our municipalities and our Indigenous communities captured, retained or maintained a certain amount of the royalties that provinces collect and send to the coffers in Toronto," Rickford added.
Regional Chief Isadore Day's somewhat encouraged by the proposal, and he'd like to hear more about what the new premier has in mind, when it comes to resource revenue sharing.
"We have a long history of knowing resource revenue sharing is paramount to recognition of treaties and reconciliation and the eradication of poverty in our communities," he said.
Day notes Grand Council Treaty 3 signed a revenue sharing agreement with the province before the election, and he emphasized he won't be stepping on the toes of local chiefs. Still, the regional chief is interested to see how this will benefit First Nation members.
"This has to be a bigger ticket item," said the regional chief. "It has to be one that moves yardsticks on eradicating poverty, creates better health outcomes, increases the outcomes with regards to education and capacity building."
Chiefs across the country have also been meeting with the federal ministers responsible, in an effort to move forward on reuniting children in care with their families on First Nations. A key barrier to this is housing.
Mining in Ontario was worth about $10 billion last year. Forestry generated about $16 billion in economic activity.
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