Aboriginal liaison focus group to include youth
Thunder Bay plans to include youth participants in an upcoming focus group session on the renewal of the Aboriginal Liaison Strategy.
“We’re looking at two potential dates for our focus group at this time,” said Ann Magiskan, Aboriginal liaison for Thunder Bay. “One of the dates is at the end of September where we’ll have a facilitated day-long session bringing back people who were at the table originally when the first three-year strategic plan was developed. We’ll bring back the same people that were at the table as well as some new people as well as youth, that need to have representation at that table.”
Magiskan said if the September date is not suitable for participants, the focus group would be held in early October.
People not involved in the focus group can also provide input into the renewal of the Aboriginal Liaison Strategy by contacting the Aboriginal Liaison office at 625-2146.
“Their comments can be made to myself or to Joyce Hunter, who is the Aboriginal liaison strategy coordinator,” Magiskan said. “Between the both of us, we will be able to take questions or comments that people want to make.”
The Aboriginal Liaison Strategy was implemented in 2010 as a strategic initiative of city council to strengthen relationships between the City of Thunder Bay and the urban Aboriginal people. It is up for renewal in 2014.
“The strategy was developed to work inclusively with urban Aboriginal communities,” Magiskan said. “It was developed to create a climate of mutual understanding as well as better working relationships. It is also a guide to help us identify if there are gaps in services that are provided to the community.”
Magiskan said the Aboriginal Liaison Strategy was also developed to improve the quality of life for all community members as well as to meet their future needs.
“Thunder Bay is taking a strategic approach that makes the most of our city’s strengths,” Magiskan said. “Together, our community is working to achieve our top priorities: a stronger and more diversified community, a greener, cleaner community, a higher quality of life for all people in the City of Thunder Bay and also being one of the best-run cities in Canada.”
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