Maamawe - All Together logoThrough the creation of the Aboriginal Liaison Logo, the City of Thunder Bay's Elders Advisory Council has provided us with our vision: Maamawe - All Together. By respecting our uniqueness, sharing our gifts and celebrating our successes we will live, learn, grow, and build. Kevin Belmore painted the logo in the traditional Woodlands style.

Meaning

  • The sweet grass braid represents healing, the four colours represent the diversity in our community.
  • The sun represents the Inuit people as well as the new light that is shining on our relationship.
  • The man (wearing a Métis sash) and woman represent a balanced approach and are at the centre of what is important - people.
  • They are kneeling on the Sleeping Giant, which represents the City of Thunder Bay.

Declaration of Commitment

City Council adopted the Declaration of Commitment to urban Aboriginal peoples on June 21, 2010 at Chippewa Park. As the first city in Ontario with an Aboriginal strategy, Thunder Bay recognizes the valuable social, cultural and economic contributions Aboriginal people make to our community. This Declaration's purpose is to help strengthen the relationship between the City of Thunder Bay and urban Aboriginal people.

The City of Thunder Bay and Fort William First Nation

The City of Thunder Bay and Fort William First Nation signed a Declaration of Commitment to one another on October 4, 2011 forming a collaborative relationship that will benefit each respective community.

Aboriginal Liaison committee

Aboriginal Liaison sits as organizing committee on the:

  • Community-led Biindigaate Film Festival;
  • Fall Feast & Festival of Services;
  • National Aboriginal Day;
  • Community Coalition Unified for the Protection of Children and Youth;
  • Residential School Working Group; and
  • The Aboriginal Youth Achievement and Recognition Awards committees.

Cultural awareness training

City Council included cultural awareness training for all new hires in the City of Thunder Bay's 2010-2014 Strategic Plan.

Job opportunities

All City job opportunities are being sent to Aboriginal agencies.

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