‘A slap in the face’: Indigenous communities shocked by Mike Harris’ nomination to the Order of Ontario
Indigenous communities in Ontario are speaking out against the nomination of former premier Mike Harris to the Order of Ontario, saying it is a step back in reconciliation. The province recently named the controversial former premier as one of 25 people nominated for Ontario’s highest honour, which recognizes excellence and achievement in any chosen field. Joel Abram, the Grand Chief of the Association of Iroquois and Allied Indians (AIAI), a group that represents seven Ontario First Nations, told CTV News Toronto on Tuesday that the news came as a shock. “If Ontario is seeking reconciliation and a positive relationship with First Nations people, this is not a good move towards that,” Abram said on Tuesday.