Canada's New Government announces Community Liaison Official for Six Nations/Caledonia file



    OTTAWA, Sept. 15 /CNW Telbec/ - The following statement was released
today by the Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern
Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians:

    I am pleased to announce the appointment of the Honourable David Crombie
as the Community Liaison Official (CLO) for Canada on this file. Mr. Crombie
brings years of first-hand knowledge of Aboriginal and third party issues and
possesses the qualifications needed to ensure that concerns are appropriately
addressed.
    The CLO will provide an official means by which interested third parties
can voice concerns and receive updates on the progress of negotiations.
Mr. Crombie will act as a liaison with federal negotiators and the
non-Aboriginal community. The federal negotiators will continue to liaise with
the Haudenosaunee/Six Nations. Mr. Crombie will be available to meet with
interested third parties/groups as required to assist the negotiators in
determining the best way to address any local issues or concerns of third
parties.
    Canada's New Government is committed to resolving the complex land claims
issue along the Grand River in Southern Ontario. The only solution in the
Six Nations/Caledonia file is a negotiated one and Canada has been working
closely with Six Nations and the Government of Ontario to achieve such a
solution. This process must also recognize the unique circumstances created as
a result of the occupation. Our government knows that a key element in
reaching a negotiated solution is to ensure that fair consideration is given
to local concerns.
    I would like to thank my Caucus colleague, the Honourable Diane Finley
(Member of Parliament for Haldimand-Norfolk and Minister of Citizenship and
Immigration) for her constructive involvement in this issue and the community
leadership she has shown.
    The recent act of violence in Caledonia is deplorable. Canada's New
Government does not condone lawbreaking or violence and believes that unlawful
tactics are disruptive to negotiations while placing the public safety of all
parties at risk.
    It is in no one's interest to jeopardize the fragile trust currently in
place, nor the hard work of all the parties, as we work to resolve this issue
in a peaceful manner.
    Discussions with Six Nations deal with complex issues which stem from
historical events dating back to the 18th century. The parties must remain
committed to work through challenging issues in a peaceful and respectful
manner in order to find lasting and common solutions.

    The Honourable Chuck Strahl, MP, PC
    Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal
    Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians




For further information:

For further information: Philippe Mailhot, Press Secretary, Office of
the Honourable Chuck Strahl, (819) 997-0002; INAC Media Relations, (819)
953-1160

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