Anishinabek Nation statement on federal Cabinet shuffle

ANISHINABEK NATION HEAD OFFICE (January 14, 2019)— Anishinabek Nation Grand Council Chief Glen Hare wishes to acknowledge the recent federal Cabinet shuffle that took place earlier today and welcome the new ministers as they undertake their new roles.

“I would like to acknowledge the refreshing interest and commitment that Minister Philpott dedicated to many issues in her role as Minister of Indigenous Services over a very short time,” stated Grand Council Chief Hare. “She made significant headway in a number of important areas, especially with child well-being. She was a ‘straight- shooter’—where she meant what she said, soon followed by action. I wish her all of the best in her new role.”

The current Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence, Seamus O’Regan, will be taking over the role of Minister of Indigenous Services.

“With the appointment of Minister O’Regan, I hope that the momentum of his predecessor is maintained and that we see a genuine effort to support the change we want to see.”

Jody Wilson-Raybould, the current Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, will become the new Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence, making her the first Indigenous person to be the Attorney General of Canada.

The significant advancement in a number of areas that the Anishinabek Nations are pursuing expects that Canada is responsive even more than ever.

The Anishinabek Nation is the political advocate for 40 member communities across Ontario, representing approximately 60,000 people. The Anishinabek Nation 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.

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