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
    The Treaty created a nation-to-nation relationship with Canada;
    The Moose Cree are a sovereign nation and we will control our own

For further information:

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

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