Nishnawbe Aski Nation and city of Thunder Bay working together to create a positive experience

Press release

August 28, 2014 - The City of Thunder Bay and Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) are pleased to have had a joint meeting of leadership including Grand Chief Harvey Yesno, Mayor Keith Hobbs, NAN Deputy Grand Chiefs and members of the City's Intergovernmental Affairs Committee.

NAN and City leaders engaged in an open and honest discussion on a variety of issues of common interest and have agreed to move forward together with a focus on youth, youth engagement and safety, and the well-being of the entire Thunder Bay community. NAN and the City look forward to future meetings and the development of specific action plans to address these issues.

"It is our goal to build a healthy, safe community and that requires many partners, I am very pleased with the commitment of NAN to work together with us towards that goal," said Mayor Keith Hobbs.

"The safety and success of our young people who will soon arrive in town to attend high school is of paramount concern to us, our First Nations and especially the families of these students, and I am pleased that the City has reaffirmed its commitment to work with us to create a welcoming environment for them," said NAN Grand Chief Harvey Yesno.

NAN and the City of Thunder Bay look forward to joint participation in upcoming initiatives and will join together next week to welcome secondary school high school students from NAN First Nations to Thunder Bay at the Working Together for Student Success student orientation at the Victoria Inn on September 5 (11 am - 2 pm) and the Maadaadizi 2014 Post-Secondary Student Orientation at Marina Park on September 6 (12-5 pm).

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Contact: John S. Hannam, City Clerk and Manager - Aboriginal Liaison Unit, 625-2238

                Michael Heintzman, Director of Communications - Nishnawbe Aski Nation 
                (807) 625-4965, cell (807) 621-2790 or