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Reminder: Summer BBQ on Tuesday

Posted on July 12, 2018

Everyone is invited to this family-friendly gathering. Come say hello and share a meal with us.

Picture of Liberal BBQ in Kerr Park on invitation

We are looking forward to seeing you at the annual community appreciation BBQ this coming Tuesday, July 17 from 5:00 to 7:00pm at Kerr Park in Bracebridge.

What with a new government in Ontario and the federal election coming up in just over a year, there’s plenty to talk about. And you cannot beat Kerr Park. Come join us!

Want more information? Want to lend a hand? Want to put your name forward to do some volunteering in the runup to next year’s federal election? (Coming up fast!) Drop us a line at president@parrysoundmuskoka.ca. Or you can give Dave Hudson a call at 705-645-4073.

First Nations News – Summer 2018

Posted on July 3, 2018

Territorial land acknowledgement in Parry Sound-Muskoka: We are pleased to announce that the Liberal Riding Association of Parry Sound-Muskoka passed a motion in the new year to begin each Executive meeting going forward with a Territorial Land Acknowledgement by the meeting’s Chair. This tradition, which dates back centuries for Indigenous people, is a small, but we hope significant, step forward in the spirit of reconciliation. Thank you to YWCA Muskoka for inspiring us and providing resources for our research.

Fair representation on juries: In May the province of Ontario received the Final Report of the Debwewin Jury Review Implementation Committee, looking at moving forward on the 2013 report First Nations Representation on Ontario Juries by the Honourable Frank Iacobucci. You can’t blame anyone interested in Indigenous rights for being frustrated to see reports about reports on this important issue, especially in light of divisive outcomes elsewhere, such as that of the Colten Bushy murder trial in Saskatchenwan, which was overseen by an all-white jury. Learn more.

Mercury clean-up at Grassy Narrows: A recent report has quantified the physical and mental health of the residents of Asubpeeschoseewagong Netum Anishinabek (Grassy Narrows First Nation), as poorer than that of other Indigenous communities in Canada. The community has struggled with widespread mercury poisoning since a nearby paper mill dumped 9,000 kilograms of mercury into the waterway in the 1960s and 1970s. Finally last year the Government of Ontario earmarked $85 million to clean the site up. It will be interesting to see how the new Conservative government under Premier Doug Ford proceeds. Learn more.

Six month extension for MMIW Inquest: The community was disappointed with a decision by the Honourable Carolyn Bennett to grant the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Inquest an extension of just six months. The Inquiry, which has experienced internal difficulties from the outset, requested an additional two years to complete its work. Learn more.

Bill C-262 on Indigenous rights passed by HoC: In May an Indigenous rights bill which brings Canada’s laws into line with the United National Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples was passed by the House of Commons. Bill C-262 is a private member’s bill spearheaded by NDP MP Romeo Saganash, who is himself a residential school survivor and was one of the architects of the UN declaration. Learn more.

Ten years on—Statement of Apology translated into seven First Nation languages: The Government of Canada is marking the 10th anniversary of the Statement of Apology to former residents of Indian Residential Schools, delivered in the House of Commons by then-prime minister Stephen Harper, by translating it translated into seven First Nation languages. Educational videos about this dark chapter in Canada’s history will also be ready for use in schools beginning this fall. In making the announcement in June, Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett called it a small step on the path to reconciliation. Learn more.

POW WOWS THIS SUMMER — MARK YOUR CALENDARS

July 6-8: First Nation & Aboriginal Advisory Committee’s 12th Annual Gathering and Pow Wow
French River Visitor Centre, admission is free.
For more information please call 705-774-6695, 705-857-1630 or 705-389-2760

August 4-5: Wasauksing First Nation’s 8th Annual Traditional Pow Wow
Depot Harbour Parry Sound, admission by donation.
For more information contact Kelly King, Debbie King or Maggie Tabobodung at 705-746-8022

August 18-19: Shawanaga Anishinabe Pow Wow
For more information contact Jodi at the SFN Healing Centre at 705-366-2378.

Sept 1-2: Nipissing First Nation, 30th Annual Traditonal Pow Wow
Nipissing First Nations Cultural Grounds, Jocko Point in Parry Sound.
For more information contact the event coordinator: audreyc@nfn.ca or 705-753-2050 x1290.

Sept 8-9: Georgian Bay Native Friendship Centre Traditional Pow Wow
Wye Valley Road, Midland. Admission is $5.
For more information contact finance@gbnfc.com or 705-526-5589.

Everyone is invited to these family-friendly events.

~Robert Ryckman

Seeking our candidate for 2019

Posted on June 21, 2018

With the next election just over a year away, it’s time to recruit our candidate to run on behalf of the federal Liberals here in Parry Sound-Muskoka.

Are you a progressive-minded individual who would do a great job representing the riding? Or do you know someone else who fits the bill? As part of the Liberal Party of Canada’s open and transparent process, we’re interested in hearing from you.

Go to www.liberal.ca/nominations/ to learn more about the process.

Contact Dave Hudson at dhudson@vianet.ca to discuss further.

We encourage you to spread the word. Thank you!

Invitation – Summer BBQ – Tuesday July 17

Posted on June 18, 2018

Mark your calendars! Our annual community appreciation BBQ is taking place on Tuesday July 17 from 5:00 to 7:00pm at Kerr Park in Bracebridge. Everyone is […]

Parry Sound-Muskoka heads off to Camp Parliament for Girls

Posted on May 20, 2018

The Parry Sound Muskoka Federal Liberal Riding Association is proud to have sent three girls from the riding for an all-expenses paid trip to Ottawa for […]

Invitation: Marc Serré National Seniors Strategy forum in Huntsville May 11

Posted on May 7, 2018

Interested in seniors’ issues? Please join us in welcoming Marc Serré, MP for Nickel Belt, on Friday May 11, 2pm – 3:30pm at the Active Living […]

Join us for our monthly meeting – May 6, 2018

Posted on May 5, 2018

All Federal Liberal party members are invited to attend the LRA executive’s monthly meetings. Please join us this Sunday, Feb 11 at 2pm in Rosseau. Interested […]

2017 – Looking back, Looking ahead

Posted on December 31, 2017

On behalf of the Federal Liberal Association of Parry Sound-Muskoka, I’d like to send our greetings, take a brief look back at the year that was, […]

Passing of Greg Black

Posted on December 28, 2017

We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Greg Black, on December 22 2017. Greg was a longtime Liberal activist, most recently running Trisha […]

Merry Christmas!

Posted on December 24, 2017

We wish you all a very merry Christmas. May we all be fortunate enough to enjoy good food, loyal friends and lively conversation. All the best […]