But Misiway needs the help of the ministry to do so. Our funding agreements must recognize us as a health centre for Aboriginal communities and allow flexibility in the transformation of benefits when needs change and change. These agreements should be co-established and not imposed, while maintaining a total commitment to the quality of services. There is an urgent need to put this into order and we cannot wait for the system change to occur. The needs ahead are considerable and require us to do our best to make the necessary changes to ensure success. We are also proud of our relationship with our partnerships with First Nations. We actively strive to employ local Aboriginal people, and much of our indirect investment, service needs and other contracts are with Aboriginal businesses in the communities in which we operate. Ryam works directly with 12 First Nations and the Métis Nation in northeastern Ontario and maintains partnerships that support community participation in forest, business development, employment and community projects. We have agreements with four First Nations timber harvesting companies to provide Cochrane, Cape Town and Hearst with a significant volume of wood. In 2018, we purchased $18.5 million from First Nations businesses. Continued funding of infrastructure by the province is essential for the municipality and we look forward to the implementation of the bilateral infrastructure agreement between the federal government and the federal states.
To ensure that there is always a flow of royalties in the mineral sectors – again as a solution – we encourage the province to adopt the same type of tax incentives that are in Quebec: fast-flowing tax incentives to invest in exploration activities here in Northern Ontario. Turning more drills will ultimately mean more mines, with an increase in the tax base that will result. Ms. Sandy Shaw, have your funding agreements expired or have they not yet been concluded – the current funding agreements? The apology I received from MNR is that, as part of the current SFL agreement, they have transferred management responsibility to these private companies. As I said, out of 41 in the province, there is only one that is of community interest, which is a multi-party interest. Professionals in our profession are often dismayed by persistent problems in schools; However, day after day we do our work to achieve what should be seen as a collective effort: to make youth a contributing member of our society. Our support staff is one of the lowest paid on the education team, with limited hours in one day and a 10-month contract. Many principals are faced with more enrolment and more complex student needs. Vulnerable students need more dedicated and supportive staff, not less to be successful in integrating into the school system. Jeremy Roberts: Great. It`s fantastic.
Another small question: You talked a little bit about how one of the things you really want to see is a change in the way we treat funding agreements to make them more flexible. I think that, as we have crossed the North so far, we all feel that we need to ensure that support takes into account regional differences and some of the unique challenges facing the North. What are the examples of how we could do a better job of creating funding agreements with partners like you in the North that would give you a little more flexibility? As a solution, we encourage the province to extend the proposed transfers during the election campaign by extending transfer resource fees to municipalities to the extent that they have considered extending these resource revenue agreements with the Aboriginal community.