Union of Ontario Indians Treaty Commission moving forward

OJIBWAYS OF GARDEN RIVER FIRST NATION, Nov. 25 /CNW/ - Former Union of Ontario (UOI) Treaty Commissioner Chief Isadore Day, Wiindawtegowinini says that the UOI Treaty Commission process will now be moving forward into a new direction.

"The treaty commission process will take a new route with a commissioner who does currently not hold a political position in Anishinabek to ensure impartiality," says Chief Day. "The UOI will now elevate its support and assist in the coordination of treaty implementation and treaty commission framework development for all regions."

"This commission work is a much-needed pillar in the process of asserting rights and responsibilities within our treaty and traditional territories," said Chief Day. "The commission framework development will be charged with the task of ensuring modern and effective relationships between the Treaty Regions and both Canada and Ontario."

Chief Day is looking to the UOI to coordinate the time and resources required to conduct a two-day meeting facilitating discussions on treaty implementation. During that meeting, the Treaty Commission report would be reviewed to determine a plan forward that will contribute to treaty implementation success in the four regions of the Anishinabek Nation.

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 in order to give adherence to the Honour of the Crown".

The Anishinabek Nation established the Union of Ontario Indians as its secretariat in 1949. The UOI is a political advocate for 41 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.

SOURCE Anishinabek Nation

For further information: For further information: Marci Becking, Communications Officer, Union of Ontario Indians, (705) 494-0735, becmar@anishinabek.ca

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