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Media Advisory - Inaugural meeting of United Indian Nations of the Great Lakes to go LIVE on the Web
Canada News Wire
Published April 7, 2005

NORTH BAY, ON, April 7 /CNW/ - NIPISSING FIRST NATION - The inaugural meeting of the United Indian Nations of the Great Lakes, hosted by the Union of Ontario Indians, will be broadcast LIVE over the web.

First Nations in Canada and Tribes in the U.S. have been collaborating to address their respective concerns over the Great Lakes Charter Annex 2001. Throughout these discussions, participants found much in common with a consensus that First Nations and Tribes want to unite to protect the quality and quantity of Great Lakes water.

"We take great pleasure in hosting this inaugural meeting and building on the consensus that we have achieved so far," said Grand Council Chief John Beaucage. This historic union began in the fall, as Grand Council Chief Beaucage, Association of Iroquois and Allied Indians Grand Chief Chris McCormick, and Little Traverse Bay Band Chairperson Frank Ettawageshik agreed to bring their respective First Nations/Tribes together to discuss the Great Lakes Charter,
Annex 2001.

WHAT: United Indian Nations of the Great Lakes Meeting - broadcast LIVE on the Web. -

WHO: U.S. Tribes and First Nations in Canada

WHERE: Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort in Niagara Falls, Ontario

WHEN: April 11-12 - Log on between 9-4 p.m each day

The Anishinabek Nation incorporated the Union of Ontario Indians as its
secretariat in 1949. The UOI is a political advocate for 42 member
First Nations across Ontario. The Union of Ontario Indians is the oldest
political organization in Ontario and can trace its roots back to the
Confederacy of Three Fires, which existed long before European contact.

For further information: Bob Goulais, Executive Assistant to the Grand
Council Chief, Ph. (705) 497-1721, CELL: (705) 498-5250, E-mail:

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