SERPENT RIVER FN, ON, July 16, 2012 /CNW/ - Chief Isadore Day, who
carries the traditional name Wiindawtegowinini, says that "the public
hearing about the low water levels on Lake Huron held by the
International Joint Commission (IJC) was a sham and that the IJC was
disinterested, impatient and very defensive when listening to the First
On Sunday July 15, 2012 the International Joint Commission's (IJC) held
a hearing for the public of Manitoulin to share with the six Canadian
and American commissioners their thoughts regarding low water levels in
The purpose of the hearings is to have people comment on the findings of
the International Upper Great lakes Study Board, which was released at
the end of March 2012.
"If the United States and Canada endorsed the United Nations Declaration
on Indigenous Peoples, the IJC needs to convey a process in place that
is collaborative and collective to all First Nations and Tribes who
reside in the Great Lakes Basin," says Chief Day. "Our Elders, Citizens
and Youth hold so much historical and traditional knowledge that needs
to shared and heard to allow sound decision-making with western science
when it comes to the Great Lakes."
Grand Council Chief Patrick Madahbee added: "The Anishinabek Nation has
never relinquished our rights to the waters, especially the Great
Lakes. Our First Nation treaties warrants the IJC to recognize a need
for open discussions on First Nation rights and jurisdiction.
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
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