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of Algonquin Park identified in the Agreement-in-Principle (AIP)
December 1, 2016 (Pembroke, ON) The Algonquins of Ontario (AOO) and the governments of Ontario and Canada, who are the parties to the Algonquins of Ontario treaty negotiations, agree that conservation is a fundamental principle underlying the management of all renewable resources, including wildlife, fish, birds, plants and trees.
Conservation concerns associated with certain brook trout and lake trout populations in four zones within the interior of Algonquin Provincial Park, including 41 lakes, were raised by the public and stakeholders during public consultation on the Preliminary Draft Agreement-in-Principle in late 2013 and early 2014 to the governments of Ontario and Canada.
At that time, information on the status of these brook trout and lake trout populations, and the effects of fish harvesting on them, was incomplete. As a precautionary measure in support of conservation, the parties to the negotiations agreed that these fish populations should be studied in order to determine whether the concerns were warranted, and also to determine the effects of fishing at all times of the year on those populations.
A clause was included in the proposed non-binding Agreement-in-Principle (Section 8.2.9 (a)) that provided that Algonquins would not harvest fish in the four zones from December 1 to March 31, until such a time as Ontario, the AOO and Canada determine how fish harvesting, including winter fish harvesting, affects those fisheries or there is a fisheries management plan for Algonquin Provincial Park or fisheries management plan that will apply to those zones.
Within the context of the Supreme Court of Canadas decision in R. v. Sparrow (1990) a decision making framework was also developed and approved by the parties to determine how fish harvesting, including winter fish harvesting, affects those fisheries.
The Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, with support from the AOO, has completed the collection and analysis of data to determine how the harvest, including the winter harvest, affects the brook trout and lake trout populations in the four zones.
The information gathered clearly establishes that fish harvesting, including winter fish harvesting, has not affected the sustainability of the brook trout and lake trout populations in the four zones, and that there is no scientific basis for any winter fishing restriction within those zones. Consequently, there is no need for any voluntary curtailment on winter fishing in the four zones of Algonquin Park as referred to in section 8.2.9 (a) of the Agreement in Principle.
The Agreement-in-Principle (Section 8.2.6) also states that Ontario and the AOO, and where appropriate Canada, will make every effort to develop fisheries management plans for all fish harvesting in the Settlement Area, including provisions for the conservation of brook trout in Algonquin Provincial Park. With the signing of the Agreement-in-Principle on October 18, 2016, these discussions can now begin in earnest.
During the development of fisheries management plans, including for Algonquin Provincial Park, consultation with Algonquin communities, the public, fish and wildlife organizations as well as other interested parties will take place.
Further Background Information:
· The Agreement-in-Principle (AIP) is not a legally binding document. Rather the AIP is a statement of the main elements of an Algonquin Treaty, clarifying and defining the rights of the AOO and outlining the obligations of all three Parties: the AOO, Canada and Ontario. It provides the foundation for negotiations and is a major step towards the Final Agreement that once approved by all parties will have the legal status of a modern-day Treaty.
· Algonquin traditional practices of hunting, trapping, fishing and gathering flora for medicinal, food and other purposes reflect the history of Algonquins as a hunting and gathering society. These practices embody an inherent respect for the environment and a fundamental commitment to the sustainable management of resources which has been passed from generation to generation.
· The rights of Aboriginal peoples in Canada to engage in traditional activities that are fundamental to their unique histories, cultures and spiritual beliefs are recognized by the Constitution Act, 1982 and upheld by the Supreme Court of Canada. Under this legal framework, the Algonquins of Ontario (AOO) currently possess the right to harvest wildlife, fish, migratory birds and plants for domestic purposes throughout the year, and the exercise of this right is subject only to measures that can be justified for conservation or public health and safety.
· As such, an Algonquin Treaty will not create Aboriginal rights for the AOO but rather, it will clearly articulate what these rights are and how they may be exercised. As stewards of the land and resources within their Traditional Territory, the AOO recognize the fundamental importance of protecting viable populations of flora and fauna for generations to come.
Next Elders Meeting
Sunday December 18, 2016
& Frasier Recreation Centre
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 17, 2016
Results of the Algonquins of Ontario Ratification Vote on the proposed Agreement-in-Principle
Pembroke, ON - Today, the Algonquins of Ontario (AOO) announced the results of the ratification vote on their proposed Agreement-in-Principle (AIP) with the Governments of Ontario and Canada. The tripartite ratification vote was conducted by an independent Ratification Committee with members appointed by the AOO, Ontario and Canada.
A total of 3,575 ballots were cast, out of 7,540 eligible Algonquin Voters - a participation rate of 47 percent. Of those ballots cast, 3,341, or over 90 per cent voted in favour of the AIP and the continuation of negotiations towards the terms of a Final Agreement based on the AIP.
Robert Potts, Principal Negotiator and Senior Legal Counsel for the Algonquins of Ontario stated, "The tripartite ratification vote was positive with Algonquin Voters supporting the AIP by a strong margin, and unanimously in one community."
The Chief and Council of the Algonquins of Pikwakanagan First Nation (Pikwakanagan) initiated a separate, parallel referendum on the proposed AIP to ensure that the opportunity to vote was provided to a significant percentage of the adult membership of Pikwakanagan who did not enrol under the process set out in the proposed Agreement-in-Principle.
The results of the Pikwakanagan referendum indicate that further time will be required to clarify and resolve certain issues. In that vote, 243 Pikwakanagan members voted against the AIP and 87 votes were cast in favour of it. In comparison, of the Pikwakanagan members who voted in the tripartite ratification vote 159 were in favour and 84 were against. Tallying up the votes of the two processes, 327 Pikwakanagan members voted against the AIP and 246 votes were cast in favour of it. Safeguards were in place to ensure that there was no overlap between the voters in each process.
Chief Kirby Whiteduck of Pikwakanagan stated, "Many of our members expressed concern and were led to believe that signing the proposed AIP would inevitably mean a self-government agreement that would end reserve status for the existing reserve and the existing Indian Act tax exemption."
Chief Kirby Whiteduck wants the opportunity to clarify the matter. "To date there have been no negotiations on self-government and nothing has been agreed upon. We think it is premature to say no to self-government negotiations at this point and eliminate the possibility of securing long-term recognition and stronger protection as a First Nation through this process."
Chief Kirby Whiteduck said the First Nation Council is committed to securing the free and informed consent of our Pikwakanagan members to any future self-government agreement, and to take the time necessary to negotiate an agreement that members will both understand and support.
"We are deeply concerned that this message was not heard by our members," he said.
"At some point the members of the Algonquins of Pikwakanagan First Nation, and only our members, will have to decide on the merits of any self-government proposal. This is a decision that must be made with all of the relevant facts and based on an actual draft agreement." Chief Whiteduck added, "Our members who voted in the referendum and tripartite ratification vote are currently divided on the proposed AIP and some do not have the level of comfort to move forward at this moment. As a result, our Council requires further discussions and consultations with Canada and Ontario to clarify certain issues, to address the concerns of our members and to bridge the divisions in our community. I will also be writing to Canada and Ontario seeking written confirmation of certain matters of concern and will share their responses with our membership."
Clifford Bastien Jr., the Algonquin Negotiation Representative for the Mattawa/North Bay Algonquin Community, added, "The AOO are pleased with the result of the ratification vote. However, we also know that the issues raised within Pikwakanagan do not apply to the other Algonquin communities who, in aggregate, voted in favour of the AIP. Consequently, we are all supportive of the Algonquins of Pikwakanagan First Nation as they take the necessary steps to pursue discussions with Ontario and Canada to determine how best to move forward towards a long-delayed Treaty."
Clifford Bastien Jr. also stated that "even with the overwhelming support for the proposed AIP the AOO leadership remain committed to working with their communities to continue their efforts to improve the current package towards a stronger Treaty during the next phase of our negotiations, in co-operation with the Governments of Canada and Ontario."
Robert Potts, Principal Negotiator and Senior Legal Counsel for the Algonquin Treaty Negotiations concluded "while we still face significant challenges in this historic endeavour, we extend our sincerest appreciation to all Algonquin Voters who exercised their right to vote. This unique non-binding process undertaken by the AOO has achieved exactly what was intended - that is, to take the temperature of the various Algonquin communities and to determine the issues that now must be addressed."
About the Algonquins of Ontario
The Algonquins of Ontario are comprised of ten Algonquin communities located across the Settlement Area. These include the Algonquins of Pikwakanagan First Nation, Antoine, Kijicho Manito Madaouskarini (Bancroft), Bonnechere, Greater Golden Lake, Mattawa/North Bay, Ottawa, Shabot Obaadjiwan (Sharbot Lake), Snimikobi (Ardoch) and Whitney and Area. These ten communities are working together, based on a Protocol signed in 2004, which provides a unified approach to reach a settlement of the Algonquin land claim. On June 12, 2015, the Algonquins of Ontario and the Governments of Canada and Ontario announced that their Negotiators had initialed a proposed AIP. The Ratification Vote process began on December 2, 2015 and ended with the final votes cast on March 7, 2016. This Vote is the next step in the negotiations towards reaching a modern-day Treaty that would be protected under section 35 of the Constitution Act, 1982. The proposed AIP is not a legally binding document, but it represents a statement of the main elements of a settlement of the Algonquin Land Claim and provides the framework for future negotiations towards a Final Agreement that will have the legal status of a modern-day Treaty. More information on the proposed AIP and the Ratification Vote can be accessed online at www.tanakiwin.com.
For more information, please contact:
Office Tel: 613-735-3759
this document - AOO Media Release AIP Ratification Vote.pdf
"Our group began in 1997, as a few friends began to gather regularly to discuss various aspects of Anishinābe spirituality. As we learned more and more, we decided to create and deliver a community training program which would re-introduce people of Aboriginal heritage to various cultural traditions; some of you might remember our Sweat Lodge teachings in 1998, offered by Elder Lillian McGregor. Next, we envisioned providing our communities with cultural teachings and traditional experiences on a more regular basis by developing and defining our organization into an independent body, fully capable of carrying on the business of Cultural Education; we became a Not-for-Profit Corporation named The Circle of Turtle Lodge in July of 1999, with the following mandate:
This newsletter will provide you information on the negotiations regarding the Algonquins of Ontario land claim.
AOO Enrolment Application Form (Updated January 2013)
|Please Note - The time period for enrolling to vote on the Agreement-In-Principal
(AIP) has closed.
This application is for the gathering of information for the enrollment process on a go-forward basis.
the recent court decision (Daniels), we have received many phone calls about the
implications of this decision
Please forward any other opinions you are aware of on this matter (or thoughts) to -
Nation Gathering 2013 in Bancroft
Please plan to participate!
Draft Comprehensive Land Claim Agreement-in-Principle
Click to view index (PDF format)
The Preliminary Draft
Agreement-in-Principle (AIP) is now available at Tanakiwin.com for algonquin
& public review to support consultation efforts in the Algonquin Land Claim
This Preliminary Draft is a work in progress that is still under review and subject to revision by the Algonquins of Ontario, Canada and Ontario.
AOO Newsletter - Issue 1 - 2012
AOO Outreach - American Eel Project
Negotiations Update (Summer 2012) from Robert J. Potts, Principal Negotiator and Senior Legal Counsel.
Algonquins of Ontario 2011 Financial Audit (Negotiations)
Algonquins of Ontario 2011 Financial Audit (Corporation #1)
Ratification Voter Enrolment Process
2012 Preliminary Voters List (UPDATED)
is now available to view at -
Recent letter to Xeneca - regarding proposed power dams in the Petawawa River.
Update from the Principal Negotiator Bob Potts -October 2011 - PDF file
2011 ANR Election Notice
2011 ANR Preliminary Electors Lists
February 2011 Newsletter - with revised voter criteria
Decision made by Board regarding Thomas Descendants - November 23, 2010.
Update from the Principal Negotiator Bob Potts -Summer 2010 - PDF file
January 11, 2010 - Official opening of the Algonquin Consultation office in Pembroke.
Algonquins of Ontario - General background information to share with family and anyone interested.
Land Selection Document - a public document.
Bancroft This Week - articles of interest.
Forms - Download Adobe Acrobat files
Update from the Principal Negotiator Bob Potts - Fall 09 - PDF file
DRAFT AOO Constitution July 9 09
ALGONQUIN HARVEST MANAGEMENT PLAN 2009-2010
2008 Negotiations Audit now available
Update from the Principal Negotiator Bob Potts -Spring 09- PDF file
LIGHTENING THE ECOLOGICAL FOOTPRINT
AGGLFN APRIL 2009 MAIL OUT (PDF)
Patrick Glassford presenting an Algonquin lexicon and Dreamcatcher
to Algonquin Park Biologist Brad Steinberg, at the Greater Golden Lake community meeting on March 29, 2009.
Brad gave a very interesting talk on Moose, Bears and many other items.
LIGHTENING THE ECOLOGICAL FOOTPRINT
AGGLFN APRIL 2009 MAIL OUT (PDF)
Invitation to participate in the Ottawa Valley Forest Management Plan
Invitation to participate in the Bancroft - Minden Forest Management Plan
Invitation to participate in the Mazinaw - Lanark Forest Management Plan
Update from the Principal Negotiator Bob Potts - PDF file
Images from Achray event 2008
We have been receiving many enquiries
regarding much needed financial help for students.
There is nothing yet specific to Algonquins, we will see it properly
addressed in the Agreement-In-Principle (AIP) and Final Treaty.
However there is some funding available to all aboriginals
that are available from your local Friendship centre.
(There are also other programs)
When contacting any Friendship centre,
please identify yourself as a member of the
Algonquins of Greater Golden Lake First Nation.
Pembroke area can call for O-GI funding directly at
(613) 732 4340
List of Friendship Centres and other education funds resources
August Newsletter #2 - Achray 2008
Auditors Statement for 2007 - 2008 (1MB-PDF)
Economic Development Plan - OVERVIEW
Asked Questions (FAQ)
About the Algonquin Treaty Process
Algonquin Economic Development Plan Survey
|2006 ANR Process Audit|
|December 2005 Newsletter||A LOVE THAT WOULD NOT DIE|
|Algonquin Petition of June 6, 1835||Overall 2005 - 2006 Moose Harvest Statistics|
|Terms of Reference ("TOR")||ACTUAL ANR PROTOCOL AGREEMENT|
|ELECTION DAY ANNOUNCEMENT||2005 Moose Draw Results|
|Images of a day in the Park - August 13, 2005||Some commonly used words and definitions.|
Images of a day in the Park - August 13, 2005
Revised Ontario (ONAS) Website on Algonquin Claim
Joan Holmes Progress Report to March 29, 2005
2003 Class EA - Declaration Order Condition 34
ELECTION DAY ANNOUNCEMENT
AGGLFN suggested options for 2005-2006 MNR agreement
Constitution and By-Laws of the Algonquins of Greater Golden Lake First Nation
|Submission from a Member|
|Register Posting - May 17, 2004||Register Posting - April 16, 2004|
|Register Posting - March 17, 2004||Read
the text of the
1763 Royal Proclamation
|Minutes of January 25, 2004|
|Register Posting - February 17, 2004||AGGLFN & BAFN Membership Protocol|
|Forms - Download Adobe Acrobat files|
|Pikwākanagān Election Results|
of Greater Golden Lake First Nation
office in Village of Golden Lake
Our office is located above the community centre in Golden Lake, behind the post office. The office is open by appointment only. (613) 757-0765 (usually Sunday's 12-4, except holiday weekends) Our mailing address is: Box 215, Killaloe, ON K0J 2A0
|ANND Corporate Update|
|2003-2004 Harvest News|
- July 28, 2003
|Register Posting - October 27, 2003|
|Actual Hunting Agreement for 2003-4|
registration under the Indian Act as a "status Indian" relevant
in determining whether a person holds Aboriginal rights?
|The Birch Bark Canoe|
Tennescoe has been given the honour of
being named Holder of the Veteran's Staff
|Tribal Laws of the Eastern Algonquin|
|Dec 8 - Community Meeting Minutes||Map of the Land Claim Area|
|Recent "Letter to the Editor"||Recent "Letter to the Editor" #2|
|CITIZENSHIP LAW OF THE ANTC||21st CENTURY ALGONQUIN MOOSE WAR|
|Press Release - Land Protocol||Actual Land Protocol Document|
for a Political Body
of the Algonquin Nation
|The Algonquin Accord||Legal Opinion on ANND ownership of property and debt|
|Pikwākanagān represents members only|
|May 2002 Community Newsletter||Representation Form - Print Out Page|
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