Minister of Indigenous Services Canada Marc Miller was welcomed by the Niisaachewan Anishinaabe Nation back on Tuesday, July 27, 2021.

Minister Miller received a full tour of the community, new facilities, and offices within the community, along with a history of the Nation’s land such as the Dalles Rapids, water levels, and the infamous channel.

Vital and much-needed conversations was part of the visit, surrounding important initiatives, such a community needs and priorities.

“It is absolutely crucial, we have not only these impactful and meaningful conversations, but it is as equally as important that we continue to build these relationships and partnerships, especially for our youth,” said Chief Lorraine Cobiness, on behalf of herself and her council.

“The more we continue to rebuild these relationships and create a solid foundation to move forward on, the more we set it up so our youth can move forward in an independent way towards self-determination, with a wide variety of opportunities in front of them, especially when it is their turn to take the lead for the community,” added Cobiness

A press release by the Niisaachewan Anishinaabe Nation stated that opportunities such as having a Minister visit their home community are a great way for themselves as Anishinaabe people to set examples for healthy Nation to Nation relationship building, that is based and rooted in their traditional protocols and practices.