Rt. Hon. Paul Martin recognizes First Nations as first environmentalists

February 26, 2015


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When the Right Honourable Paul Martin attended a special event at Saugeen District Secondary School (SDSS) to recognize his 'Martin Aboriginal Education Initiative (MAEI) on February 25th, it was a special day for students, teachers and Saugeen Ojibway Nation (SON).

Among the guests of honour, was SON Chief Vernon Roote



SON Chief Vernon Roote

"Perhaps, there is a possibility for us to break into the global market," said Chief Roote. "This (MAEI) is a very important program.  We have enough problems in our community having to put education on the table for our young people and hoping to see them succeed but, with this additional boost, it's an opportunity for some of the more mature students and I hope they take advantage of it."

Also, as a guest of honour was Bruce Power, represented by the Vice President of Supply Chain, Harry Hall, representing CEO Duncan Hawthorne who was absent due to severe weather conditions.

Bruce Power's Harry Hall

Bruce Power's V-P of Supply Chain, Harry Hall, said that Bruce Power wants to make sure that those who work for Bruce Power in the future are local people and that " ... education is the basis for working in a high tech industry such as the nuclear industry."

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The Rt. Hon. Paul Martin pointed out that the First Nations were the original environmentalists through their tie to the land that is spiritual and that "... we are all interconnected with out surroundings including the oceans ..."

Rt. Hon. Paul Martin

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