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A Message from the Mayor

Mayor Keith Hobbs- Walk-A-MileOn behalf of my colleagues on Council and the Citizens of Thunder Bay, I would like to extend my congratulations to the organizers of the Walk A Mile Film Project.

Thunder Bay is blessed to be home to a strong Aboriginal community. Our First Nation, Metis and Inuit residents are a large part of our cultural identity, and have played key roles in the development of our City.

With such a diverse population, it is incumbent on each of us to ensure we embrace respectful relations and dialogue, and learn all we can about each other. That is why projects like this one are so important.

The five-part documentary series at the heart of the Walk A Mile Film Project is focused on telling the stories of our Aboriginal residents. It is my hope that these films will lead to a better understanding of each other, and, by extension, a more inclusive community.

Thank you to those who worked so hard on making this vision a reality. I look forward to the discussion and ideas it will no doubt produce.

Sincerely,

Keith P. Hobbs, Mayor
City of Thunder Bay
www.thunderbay.ca


A Message from the Chief of Fort William First Nation

Chief Georjann Morriseau - Walk-A-MileOn behalf of myself and my colleagues on Council and the Membership of Fort William First Nation, I would like to extend my congratulations to the organizers of the Walk A Mile Film Project.

Fort William First Nation is proud to work alongside the City of Thunder Bay to provide inclusion for each other and our diverse and vibrant communities. We will continue to work together to develop these fundamental values, thus building a stronger foundation, increased understanding for this generation and future generations.

I cannot begin to address the imperativeness and the need to understand the interests and concerns of all Aboriginal Nations, and work toward solutions that benefit all parties and humanity, which importantly includes the City of Thunder Bay. I support the development of relationships and partnerships based upon trust and respect and continue joint efforts to build more bridges with the City of Thunder Bay.

I am honored that the five-part documentary series at the heart of the Walk A Mile Film Project is focused on telling the stories and teachings of our Aboriginal people. It is my hope that these films will educate an understanding of our culture, each other and subsequently, result in a more inclusive community as a whole.

Thank you to those whose dedication and hard work is apparent on making this Walk A Mile vision a reality and a success. I welcome the opportunity for future discussions relative to this project.

“The success of a community depends on the quality of its cultural education. In order to restore our culture we need to understand our past.”

Miigwech,

Chief Georjann Morriseau
Fort William First Nation
g.morriseau@fwfn.com


A Message from the Metis Nation of Ontario, the Thunder Bay Metis Council, the Superior North Shore Metis Council and the Greenstone Metis Council

Cameron Burgess Region 2, PCMNO Councillor - Walk-A-MileMetis are one of the Aboriginal peoples that have made the Thunder Bay region home since before Canada became a country. Our relationship has been a very long and historical one.  We feel it is very important to continue to build on those relationships as we move into the future with the citizens of the City of Thunder Bay and the Municipalities in the region.

We congratulate the team that organized and produced the Walk a Mile Film Project. We are proud to be a sponsor and look forward to strengthening our relationship.

Sincerely,

Cameron Burgess Region 2, PCMNO Councillor