TORONTO, Oct. 28, 2013 /CNW/ - The Anishinabek Nation and Ontario have
signed their fifth memorandum of understanding to ensure coordination
on natural resource management issues.
Anishinabek Nation Grand Council Chief Patrick Madahbee, Northern
Superior Regional Chief Peter Collins, South East Regional Chief James
Marsden and Ontario's Minister of Natural Resources, David Orazietti,
signed a three-year Memorandum of Understanding to extend the work of
the Anishinabek/Ontario Resource Management Council.
"This forum is crucial to convey our First Nations priorities and the
current relevant issues of our Regions directly to the MNR," says Grand
Council Chief Madahbee.
Examples of issues in the Northern Superior Region that have been on the
A/ORMC agenda include the enforcement of incidental cabin policy by MNR
conservation officers where First Nations have the right to have
incidental cabins, the lack of maintenance on forestry logging road
(Old Carmack Road - Highway 625) and the introduction of caribou to the
"We will continue working directly with the Ministry to help deal with
issues of the lands and our treaty rights," says Northern Superior
Regional Grand Chief Peter Collins.
In the Southeast Region, Grand Chief James R. Marsden says the Council
enables the parties to work on pilot projects that are "outside the
box" for the betterment of all Anishinabek First Nation citizens.
Through the A/ORMC process, the Anishinabek Nation will work in
partnership with Ontario to ensure that natural resources management
issues within the Anishinabek Nation will be discussed and resolved.
The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, to
which Canada is signatory, says: Indigenous peoples have the rights to the land, territories and
resources which they have traditionally owned, occupied or otherwise
used or acquired.
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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