Minister Prentice announces Community Liaison Official for Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte claim

    GATINEAU, QC, March 22 /CNW Telbec/ - The Honourable Jim Prentice,
Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor
for Métis and Non-Status Indians, today announced the appointment of
Douglas Forbes as Community Liaison Official on the Mohawks of the Bay of
Quinte's Culbertson Tract Specific Claim. Mr. Forbes will support the federal
negotiating team by facilitating information sharing with the public about the
ongoing negotiation process on this specific claim.
    "Canada's New Government is committed to working with the Mohawks of the
Bay of Quinte at the negotiating table to resolve this claim," said
Minister Prentice. "We will continue to engage the municipal and provincial
governments and other key third-party stakeholders as these negotiations
proceed. The work of Mr. Forbes will be a key part of these overall efforts to
share information and ensure that our negotiation process considers local
issues and concerns."
    Minister Prentice also thanked his Caucus colleague, Member of Parliament
Daryl Kramp (Prince Edward-Hastings) for his constructive involvement in this
issue: "Daryl is a strong leader who has helped to maintain calm and good
relationships in the community. I thank him very much for his hard work."
    The First Nation's claim alleges that approximately 827 acres of land,
referred to as the Culbertson Tract, were improperly alienated from the First
Nation in 1837. The Government of Canada accepted the Mohawks of the Bay of
Quinte's claim under its Specific Claims Policy in November 2003. On
January 9, 2007, Minister Prentice appointed Sean Kennedy as Chief Federal
Negotiator to advance the work to resolve the claim.
    The Government of Canada is committed to honouring its lawful obligations
to First Nations by resolving outstanding grievances to the benefit of all
Canadians. Private property is not expropriated to settle claims. If land
changes hands as a result of a land claim, it will only take place on a
willing-buyer/willing-seller basis. Negotiated settlements bring economic
benefits to First Nations and local communities.

For further information:

For further information: Minister's Office: Deirdra McCracken, Press
Secretary, Office of the Honourable Jim Prentice, (819) 997-0002; Media
Relations: Indian and Northern Affairs Canada, (819) 953-1160; This news
release and a fact sheet are also available on the Internet at:

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