Star-studded guest list scheduled for Manitou fish fry

The annual Manitou Rapids fish fry is set to go Friday, May 20 and this year’s feast promises to be something special.
In addition to this being the 35th anniversary of the popular late-spring festival, there is additional reason to celebrate as the focus of activities will concern the signing of the Rainy River First Nations surrender claim.
The formal resolution was approved by a referendum and followed by the official signing of the documents, but this will be the first time all the principals will have an opportunity to sit down together and talk about something other than business.
“This is a very big deal,” asserted RRFN Chief Albert Hunter on Monday. Chief Hunter took an active part in the negotiations with all the levels of government involved and is looking forward to the fish fry with particular pleasure.
Furthermore, many of the parties who actually took part in the historic agreement will also be there, as well as First Nation dignitaries from Ontario, Canada, and Minnesota.
Those expected to attend include Ontario Attorney General Michael Bryant, Minister of Natural Resources David Ramsay, as well as Andy Scott, the minister of Indian and Northern Affairs (Canada).
First Nations will be represented by National Chief Phil Fontaine, Ontario Regional Chief Charles Fox, and Treaty 3 Ogichidaa Arnold Gardner. Chief Hunter noted tribal leaders from Minnesota as well as district mayors and reeves are also on the guest list.
“We believe there will also be other federal ministers,” remarked Chief Hunter, acknowledging their appearance is subject to there being no general election called before then.
Festivities get under way at 1 p.m. on Friday May 20 with the ever-popular fish fry beginning at 5 p.m., so bring your appetite.
This year, in light of the historic land claim settlement, there will actually be four days of activities commencing Wednesday, May 18. These will include tours of the historic mounds and of the new trails system recently opened.
As well, on Saturday May 21, there are concerts scheduled for the entire day.