First Nations on the agenda of AMO as cities expand outward

By Bree Duwyn Writer For the first time in its 155th year history, cities across Ontario may be reaching out to develop relationships with First Nations. The Association of Ontario Municipalities (AMO)held its annual meeting last week (Aug. 14 – 17), including a panel discussion on building relationships with First Nations. Over 90 percent of the 444 municipalities in Ontario border on First Nations communities or are sitting on unceded Indigenous lands. Six Nations alone has 38 municipalities sitting on its unceded lands, six miles on either side of the Grand River, or is affected by its treaties. Cities are pushing beyond their boundaries and Ford’s move to fast-track development could find cities facing off with First Nations again over land making the AMO agenda item of First Nations reconciliation…

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