Nishnawbe Aski Nation

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November 21, 2017


THUNDER BAY, ON (November 21, 2017): Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Deputy Grand Chief Derek Fox welcomed community health directors and service/program providers for children and families during opening remarks at the NAN Early Years Summit today.

“The early years are the most critical and we need to ensure we have the knowledge and skills to give each child the opportunity to grow to their full potential in our First Nation communities” said Deputy Grand Chief Derek Fox. “The health of our Nation lies within the health of our people. Our young people don’t have the same access to programs and services available off reserve and we have to continue to find innovative ways to gain equal access. I am confident that culturally relevant programming will bring great changes to the health and development of our children and families.”

Through ‘The Journey Together: Ontario’s Commitment to Reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples’, the Government of Ontario committed to expand and support culturally responsive programs that are reflective of community, children and family needs.

The Early Years Summit is an opportunity for communities to come together to share knowledge, best practices and develop an early year’s standard to inform governments what will work in their communities to address equitable services for First Nations children.

The three-day Summit will be held November 21-23 at the Da Vinci Centre. Nearly 100 delegates will participate in workshops, discussions and presentations.

For more information please contact: Michael Heintzman, Director of Communications – Nishnawbe Aski Nation (807) 625-4965 or cell (807) 621-2790 or by email

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