For immediate release
Ottawa, ON. April 16, 2018—
Don Rusnak, Member of Parliament for Thunder Bay–Rainy River, spent last week in Washington, D.C. meeting with congressional representatives and several Indigenous councils and organizations.
His meeting with Representative Rick Nolan of Minnesota’s Eighth District, which borders Rainy River, Ontario, focused on discussing regional issues such as farming and agriculture, the forestry sector, difficulties moving cattle and grain to the US and also NAFTA. This meeting reaffirmed both Rusnak and Nolan’s commitment to removing barriers and improving transportation of agricultural goods across the Rainy River- Baudette border.
Rusnak also met with representatives from the National American Indian Housing Council and discussed building relationships between groups that support Indigenous communities on both sides of the border. He also spoke to the Center for Native American Youth about cross-border issues, and creating opportunities for international co-operation between Native American and Indigenous youth.
Finally, Rusnak met with representatives Markwayne Mullin and Tom Cole of Oklahoma, who are members of the Cherokee and Chickasaw Nations respectively. Those meetings focused on trade and building strong relationships between cross-border Indigenous leaders.
“I had a very productive week in Washington, D.C. discussing issues that matter to the people of Thunder Bay—Rainy River with several congressmen and Native American organizations. The US is Canada’s closest ally and I was glad to be there building relationships and advocating on behalf of our region.”
Don Rusnak, Member of Parliament for Thunder Bay—Rainy River