CBC News Sudbury explores Aboriginal issues in new series
On the heels of a well-attended CBC News' public forum held in the community of Atikameksheng Anishnabek near Sudbury, a series of stories on Morning North exploring Aboriginal issues is set to begin.
The series will look at issues such as life off-reserve, land claims in northeastern Ontario and a new generation of First Nations leadership.
About 100 people came out to discuss the relationship between First Nations and other Canadians at a public forum held at the former Whitefish Lake First Nation, which is now known as Atikameksheng Anishnabek.
CBC Radio Morning North host Markus Schwabe moderated the discussion that saw leaders and people from the community share their experiences living and working in Atikameksheng Anishnabek and Sudbury, and what they think can be done to improve the relationship.
Those who came out spanned from "just curious" to teachers seeking to learn new perspectives.
One man, who said he's lived in Sudbury for 40 years, had "never been to this community before. I didn't know this place existed."
Many people noted communications need to be improved between Aboriginals and non-Aboriginals.
It was an "interesting dialogue," one attendee said.
Another added: "White people need to take the opportunity to learn the real truth."
Others remarked that change needs "to start within communities and individuals themselves. We have to lead by example, be teachers."
Parts of the forum will be broadcast throughout the coming week on CBC News radio program Morning North.
Panelists at the forum included Steve Miller, chief of Atikameksheng Anishnawbek, John Rodriguez, former Sudbury mayor and Nickel Belt MP, Darlene Naponse, Atikameksheng Anishnawbek filmmaker, and Stephane Paquette, Sudbury-based actor and musician whose wife is a member of the Sagamok First Nation.