WHITEFISH RIVER FIRST NATION, ON, June 25 /CNW/ - Chiefs of the
Anishinabek Nation have moved another step forward in reclaiming their
jurisdiction over traditional territory by establishing a Lake Huron Treaty
"Serpent River First Nation Chief Isadore Day will be the founding Treaty
Commissioner and that the Robinson-Huron Chiefs will be taking the lead on
this treaty-based approach," said Grand Council Chief John Beaucage. "We want
to put government and industry on notice that we are going to maintain our
resolve in moving forward on the treaty-based approach."
"I am honoured and pleased to accept this post," says Chief Day
Wiindawtegowinini, "We will focus on nationhood solutions and identify clear
pathways to an effective assertion of aboriginal and treaty rights for our
member First Nations in the Anishinabek Nation."
"This commission is a much-needed pillar in the process of asserting
rights and responsibilities within our treaty and traditional territories,"
said Chief Day. "The commission will be charged with the task of ensuring
modern and effective relationships between the Lake Huron Treaty Commission
and both Canada and Ontario."
"The Ipperwash Inquiry recommendations to develop a Treaty Commission of
Ontario must not be an Ontario policy-driven process; rather we are calling on
both Ontario and Canada to sit with us in the original manner under which the
treaties were established; on a Nation-to-Nation level," said Chief Day.
"The development of the Lake Huron Treaty Commission is a clear flag for
industry and other non-government land development proponents that the
Anishinabek are a formal part of the lands and resource decision-making
process with a seat at the table with both Ontario and the Federal
Government," said Chief Day. "We recognize that the implementation of treaties
needs to focus on sub-mandates in other areas. The Lake Huron Treaty
Commission Framework will look immediately at Lands and Resources but will
also be building into the framework mandates to implement the treaty rights to
Health, Education, Child Welfare, etc."
Chief Day added that "It is critical at this point in Canada's history
that governments now recognize that our treaties are alive and that the
original spirit and intent of these covenants must be respected and honoured."
The Anishinabek Nation incorporated the Union of Ontario Indians as its
secretariat in 1949. The UOI is a political advocate for 42 member First
Nations across Ontario. 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.
For further information:
For further information: Chief Isadore Day, Wiindawtegowinini, Serpent
River First Nation, (705) 844-2418; Marci Becking, Communications Officer,
Union of Ontario Indians, (705) 497-9127 ext. 2290, firstname.lastname@example.org