FORT WILLIAM FN, Sept. 27, 2012 /CNW/ - Anishinabek Nation Northern
Superior Chiefs passed a resolution that opposes wind farm construction
in Anishinabek traditional territory near Michipicoten First Nation due
to lack of consultation.
"There was no consultation with the developer BluEarth Renewables," says
Chief Buckell of Michipicoten First Nation. "It seems that Batchewana
First Nation has made a deal with BluEarth Renewables and Batchewana
claims that they consider it their area which is a least 50 Kilometres
from their reserve. They are ignoring the Robinson Huron Treaty of
1850 where the boundaries are clearly stated. This needs to be
addressed by the Federal government."
BluEarth Renewables intent is to erect 36 wind turbines approximately 80
kilometres north of Sault Ste. Marie, close to Lake Superior's eastern
shore and south of the Montreal River - which is in Michipicoten First
Other Anishinabek Nation communities do have wind farm projects on the
go - and had meaningful consultation with the wind farm companies
"Direct action by the Northern Superior Chiefs will take place if Blue
Earth wind farm project moves forward with the venture," says Buckell.
The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, to
which Canada is signatory, states that Indigenous Peoples have the
right to consultation and accommodation when it comes to traditional
territory involving the environment, health and resource sharing.
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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