Ontario Creates Two New Aboriginal Ridings

Oh, dear:

Ontario will have two new northern seats in next year’s provincial election to boost Indigenous representation, though First Nation communities say one of the riding’s names takes reconciliation a step backward.

Legislation passed Tuesday to create two new ridings called Kiiwetinoong and Mushkegowuk-James Bay. Kiiwetinoong is a majority Indigenous riding, while Mushkegowuk-James Bay has a population that’s about one-third Indigenous and 60 per cent francophone.

First Nations representatives had told the legislative committee that it was disrespectful for Mushkegowuk to be used in the riding name with no permission from the Mushkegowuk Council.

The Mushkegowuk Council and the Nishawbe Aski Nation said in a joint submission to the committee that they were not consulted on the name and called it “misleading.”

“This government’s own statistics indicate that the majority of the population would be francophone, not Indigenous,” they wrote. “We were led to understand that these proposed new ridings would be majority Indigenous, but examination of the population statistics shows that is not the case…Instead of giving First Nations a stronger voice, it may well diminish it, with less chance for First Nations to elect one of their own to represent their issues at Queen’s Park.”

The Progressive Conservatives proposed that the riding named Mushkegowuk be renamed altogether, but the majority Liberal committee added James Bay to the name and the legislation now requires the attorney general to review the name.

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  • The Buddhist Butterfly

    “though First Nation communities say one of the riding’s names takes reconciliation a step backward.”

    Is there anything these people don’t complain about?

    • El Martyachi ✓ᴴᵉˡᶦᶜᵒᵖᵗᵉʳᶦˢᵗ

      If they can’t agree on the name, straight away, it’s not a good sign eh..

    • ontario john

      So when is Wynne going set up muslim and homosexual ridings. Its only fair, since we are now giving specific groups their own ridings.

      • Clausewitz

        If they set up a Lutheran Riding I’m running. Be wary, we’re all around you.

    • It’s too cloudy today! This sets back reconciliation!

    • Clink9

      How can we always be losing to the wimpy whiners of the world.

    • Maggat

      NO!

    • Alain

      Nope.

  • simus1

    Why not just call them “Rotten Boroughs” if historical accuracy is the priority?

  • ontario john

    How about “Whinywantamoremoney” for a name.

  • Blind Druid

    It’s all about gaming YT for cash. That’s what it’s been about for 80 years, and that’s what it’s still about. Gaming YT for cash.