TORONTO — The Ontario government has agreed to enter into discussions with Grassy Narrows First Nation on forestry-related issues, Natural Resources Minister David Ramsay said today. Ontario has appointed the Honourable Frank Iacobucci, working with a team from the law firm Torys LLP, to lead these discussions.
“I am delighted that former Justice Iacobucci has agreed to help move discussions with Grassy Narrows forward,” said Ramsay. “With his knowledge and expertise, as well as considerable experience in consulting for provincial and federal governments, he is respected by all parties and is familiar with the background of Grassy Narrows.”
The Torys LLP team will begin discussions with Grassy Narrows First Nation focusing on sustainable forest management partnership models and other forestry-related matters, including harvesting methods, interim protection for traditional activities and economic development.
A former Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada and former Professor and Dean at the Faculty of Law, University of Toronto, Mr. Iacobucci is Counsel at Torys LLP. He recently served as a representative appointed by the Government of Canada to lead discussions on a fair and lasting resolution of the legacy of Aboriginal residential schools.
“I believe that with the participation of Mr. Iacobucci's team, we can help build a better future for the people of Grassy Narrows,” said Ramsay. “As a government, we are working hard to move forward on Aboriginal issues.”
The Grassy Narrows First Nation is located 80 kilometres north of Kenora and has a population of approximately 800 people.
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