Grand Chief Madahbee to speak in Peterborough

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PETERBOROUGH-Local residents will have a unique opportunity to hear Grand Chief Patrick Wedahseh Madahbee of the Abishibabek Nation, share the latest developments relating to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action.

Grand Chief Madahbee will speak about the response of governments and other partners so far to the 94 Calls to Action put forward by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) in 2015. The TRC’s mandate was to examine the legacy of the residential school system in Canada and to facilitate reconciliation among former students, their families, their communities and all Canadians.

“We are very proud to bring the community together at Peterborough Public Health to hear Grand Chief Madahbee’s important update,” said Dr. Rosana Salvaterra, Medical Officer of Health. “The 94 Calls to Action are designed to support healing and good health by honouring this difficult part of our national heritage so we can move forward as a country that respects all Indigenous people.”

Grand Council Chief Patrick Wedaseh Madahbee is currently serving his third consecutive term as Grand Council Chief of the Anishinabek Nation and is also the President of the Union of Ontario Indians. He has more than 40 years’ experience in Band politics, including 17 years as Chief of Aundeck Omni Kaning. Grand Chief Madahbee has served as Manager of Aboriginal Financial Services for TD and as a Regional Sales Manager for the First Nations Bank of Canada. His dedication to the Anishinabek Nation has included active leadership positions such as chairperson for the Robinson- Huron Treaty Claim Legal Strategy Team and the Anishinabek/Ontario Fisheries Resource Centre. He is the past Vice President of the Native Canadian Centre of Toronto and has held numerous other board positions. In addition, Grand Chief Madahbee holds the health portfolio for the Chiefs of Ontario, serves on the Assembly of First Nations Chiefs Committee of Health, and is Co-chair of the joint Non-insured health benefits review.

The event is free and all are welcome to attend by registering online at www.pphtrc.eventbrite.ca. The event is sponsored by Curve Lake First Nation, Hiawatha First Nation, and Peterborough Public Health and will be held on Tuesday, September 26 from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. at Peterborough Public Health on 185 King St., Peterborough.

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