Declaration of the Moose Cree First Nation



    TIMMINS, ON, July 24 /CNW/ - We the Moose Cree people are the original
people of this land, the Creator has given us this land as our home;
    The Creator gave us our spiritual beliefs, our languages, our culture,
and this place on Earth which provided us with all our needs;
    Our ancestors have lived in this land since time immemorial, drawing on
the animals, fish and plants for our sustenance;
    We are charged by the Creator with the duty of preserving and protecting
the land for our future generations;
    The non-native newcomers made a Treaty with our forefathers, in which
they recognized and agreed that we would continue to live on and harvest from
the lands forever;
    When our forefathers signed the treaty we made it clear we were not
giving up our land, we understood making the treaty as sharing the land in a
way that preserved our rights to the land;
    Today, our homeland is being threatened by resource development,
including, mining, forestry, hydro development, and wind energy;
    We have long been generous with the newcomers to our land, the time has
come for us to remind everyone this is our homeland;
    We have a duty to balance economic growth and our cultural use to ensure
our cultural survival as Cree people;
    We the Moose Cree declare our homeland based on occupancy and use;
    We are not opposed to all development but you must get our consent prior
to any development occurring within our homeland;
    We want to implement the spirit of our treaty to ensure we also benefit
from the resources of our land and that we can continue as guardians of our
land;
    The Treaty created a nation-to-nation relationship with Canada;
    The Moose Cree are a sovereign nation and we will control our own
destiny.





For further information:

For further information: Chief Patricia Faries-Akiwenzie, BA, LL.B.,
(705) 658-4619 ext. 250

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