A regional pool discussion could lead to closer ties between Parry Sound and its Indigenous community.

Shawanaga First Nation Chief Wayne Pamajewon says he’s happy his community has the opportunity to join the discussion on bringing a regional pool to the district.

Pamajewon says this eight-community partnership could open the door to other shared projects in the future.

He says when he was first elected as Chief he had a goal to start building better relationships with the municipalities surrounding the First Nation to work towards these community projects.

In this current project, Shawanaga will be represented by council member Sherill Judge. Pamajewon says Judge is a young councillor who he feels will be a good fit to bring fresh ideas to the table.

The seven other Parry Sound area municipalities represented on the advisory panel are McKellar, McDougall, Carling, The Archipelago, Seguin, Whitestone, and the Town of Parry Sound. The Ad-hoc Wellness and Recreational Committee hopes to determine the feasibility of having a swimming pool in Parry Sound.

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