Reconciliation in action T

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his summer on Treaty One Territory at Brokenhead Ojibway Nation, 30 Indig- enous and Municipal leaders gathered

together for the second time to continue the historic process of reconciliation. Brought together through a partnership

between the Centre for Indigenous Environ- mental Resources (CIER), Southern Chiefs’ Organization (SCO) and the Winnipeg Met- ropolitan Region (WMR), Chiefs, Mayors and Reeves from southern and central Manitoba are looking at ways to continue the process of building relationships, creating the conditions necessary to resolve issues that have been barriers to collaborative action for more than a 150 years and find creative collaborative leadership processes to move our communities forward. The elected leaders welcomed experts

from across Canada to provide details and lead discussions on various foundational topics from understanding of the Indian Act and the Municipal Act, to the opportunities and limitations of the current tax system. Te presentations were focused on areas where additional information was required to en- able the process of collaboration to move forward. Having access to up-to-date and detailed information provided by experts allows for even stronger foundations to build relationships and partnerships in the future. Leaders who took part in the second meet-

ing of the Collaborative Leadership Initiative believe that the time has come to take action, and agree that by working together, they

Left to right: Mayor of Headingley John Mauseth; City of Winnipeg Councillor Scott Gillingham and Grand Chief Jerry Daniels of SCO.

have the power to move forward in leaps and bounds. Tey also agree that this process and its anticipated positive outcomes could provide a path for other jurisdictions across Canada to follow. The Chiefs, mayors and reeves have

meetings planned for this fall which will be utilized to begin to focus their atten- tion and find new ways to collaborate on projects in their communities related to waste management and the protection of water resources. Through this collabora-

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oday, access to high speed, reliable internet service is a must if we are to attract and keep progressive

business and industry in the Winnipeg Metro Region. However, access to the connections that drive business produc- tivity, support students, improve access to healthcare and increase new employment opportunities is not yet common place in our region. In many communities, some just min-

utes outside of Winnipeg's perimeter highway, dial up and low speed internet are still the only choice. With residents tethering their computer to cellular phones in a last-ditch effort to stay con- nected, having limited choice or no choice does not make us competitive. Te problem of access to high-speed In-

ternet is not a Manitoba problem, it exists globally. Te Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) has identified that access to high speed internet is a priority and considers it to be basic telecommunications service for Canadians. In a recent announcement, the Gov-

ernment of Canada has made significant funds available for communities to access to improve their Internet connections. Recently, the CRTC has identified new basic service targets for Canadian com-

tive leadership process the Chiefs, mayors and reeves will continue to make history as Indigenous and Municipal leaders move one step closer to resolving the tough issues that have been barriers to progress in all of our communities.

1. Providing access to high speed internet to all residents in the Winnipeg Metro Region in an equitable way 2. Facilitating unlimited service, and 3. Ensuring service remains affordable Te leaders also understand the new

and emerging freelance economy or work from home workforce – studies indicate that by 2020, the work at home trend will make up 40% of the workforce and will be engaged in this economy as independent workers, freelancers or contractors. Tis trend is also seen in Manitoba - last year one company offered 250 work from home jobs for the Winnipeg Region, a require- ment was access to high speed internet. Municipal leaders are now in discus-

munities - including unlimited access to service at speeds of 50 Mbps download and 10Mbps upload. Winnipeg Metro Region leaders through

JohnQ Public, their shared development corporation, are following the example

of municipal and provincial leaders from other jurisdictions in Canada and the US who are finding ways to collaborate and bring this necessary service to residents. JohnQ has initiated a project to connect more communities with fibre by:

sion with the Federal Government and the Province of Manitoba, to try and tap into funding earmarked for infrastruc- ture projects like this. Te Investing in Canada Program may provide a great opportunity for all levels of government to work together to provide better services to communities. While JohnQ is work- ing towards funding opportunities for shared infrastructure, it is also looking at potential partnerships and collaborative initiatives to help communities share the costs of infrastructure, while ensuring business and jobs are attracted to the region, helping retain people in Metro- politan Region communities and bringing prosperity to all.

No beef, all bouquets Every day across the Winnipeg Metropolitan Region there are many who go above and beyond to make our

communities great. It’s time to send a bouquet or a high five to a community member who went above and beyond to brighten your day or to make our communities a better place to live, work and play.

If you have someone you want to thank, submit it to The Winnipeg Metro Region News Desk at

We would like to thank Paul Brule for his persistence & dedication for many years in the beautification, growth and safety in many communities throughout Ritchot. – Mayor of Ritchot, Chris Ewen

East St. Paul resident Deb Heckmann invests a great deal of time and positive energy as the administrator of her

Facebook page, the “East St. Paul Community HUB.” Deb shares information on events going on in the community and inspires others to get involved. Her messages are always positive as she seeks to inform and propel others into action.

– Mayor of East St. Paul, Shelley Hart

East St. Paul resident Eleanor Johnston has been a member of the Citizens on Patrol Program (COPP) for more than 20 years. She is an active patrol member and also spearheads the Speed Watch program in the community. Eleanor is a past COPP board member and her continued involvement in the program has ensured its longevity. – Mayor of East St. Paul, Shelley Hart

I would like to give a shout out and a bouquet to Camille Fisette-Mullaire for all the hard work and never say quit attitude that she brought to our Centre of Canada Park Committee. She was the main push behind that committee to get the park off the ground and to what we have today. Thank you. – Mayor of Tache, Robert Rivard

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