ALDERVILLE FN, Jan. 19, 2012 /CNW/ - The Southeast Regional Chief for
the Anishinabek Nation, Chief J. R. Marsden, says that next week's
Crown-First Nations meeting is important for First Nation economies in
"The Federal Government's Additions to Reserve policy is holding back
communities in the area of economic development," says Chief
Marsden. "We are looking to regain some land in order to focus on
economic development ventures."
"In Alderville, I have been trying unsuccessfully to get answers as to
why this process is so dysfunctional. It is hard to work with the
surrounding township if the government is stalling with additions to
reserve," says the Regional Chief.
The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People, to
which Canada is a signatory, states that First Nations have the right
to engage freely in all their traditional and other economic
Economic Development is one of many First Nations issues that will be
brought to the Prime Minister's attention on January 24th at the
gathering in Ottawa.
The Anishinabek Nation established the Union of Ontario Indians as its
secretariat in 1949. The UOI is a political advocate for 39 member
communities across Ontario, representing approximately 55,000 people.
The Union of Ontario Indians is the oldest political organization in
Ontario and can trace its roots back to the Confederacy of Three Fires,
which existed long before European contact.
SOURCE Anishinabek Nation
For further information:
Union of Ontario Indians
Phone: (705) 497-9127 (ext. 2290)
Cell: (705) 494-0735
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