AMO forms new Indigenous advisory council, adding Wawa mayor to their ranks

By Austin Campbell  Local Journalism Initiative Reporter After disbanding their Indigenous relations task force, the Association of Municipalities of Ontario is forming a new Indigenous advisory council to better represent Indigenous voices and integrate Indigenous practices into policies across the province. Among other elected Indigenous officials, Melanie Pilon, who made history as the first Indigenous mayor elected in Wawa, readily accepted her invitation to join AMO’s new council. The main role of the council will be to advise on policy matters through an Indigenous lens, taking into consideration the effect of certain policies on First Nations communities and “urban Indigenous citizens,” Pilon noted. Furthermore, the Indigenous advisory council will build upon the goals outlined by the healthy democracy project in 2022, which allocated $1 million to boost “equitable representation,  increase …

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