Premier Kathleen Wynne suggests native education centre at Springwater Park – Camp Nibi is reasonable.

The need for sustainability is essential, but Premier Wynne wants the door kept open for Camp Nibi land use.

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Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne sat down with the Examiner’s Cheryl Browne during her visit to our region, Friday. MARK WANZEL PHOTO

A very good article from The Barrie Examiner’s Cheryl Browne, Premier sheds light on issues during Barrie visitpdf download

A summary of important local concerns (agri-food, Local Food Act, growth), and then for the last part, Springwater Provincial Park. The Premier’s brief speech later in the evening’s BBQ,  focused on education, youth unemployment and infrastructure. Her Grade 4 teacher even showed up for support!


Just to the north of Barrie, Wynne said she’s been kept abreast of the current occupation of Springwater Provincial Park by the Beausoleil Island First Nations women.

The Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) changed the park’s status to non-operational at the end of March and moved almost 30 once-orphaned animals to other sanctuaries around the county. Several First Nation women have been camping in the park since April 1 and Wynne said she has heard of their hopes for a native education centre at the park.

“I don’t think it’s unrealistic. I think it’s a matter of how we would do that, where the funding would come from and it would be sustainable. I don’t think its an unrealistic suggestion, as long as those other factors can be put in place.”

Welcomed news for all past, present and future lovers of the park lands.

Cross-posted on


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