Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg First Nation

Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg First Nation
Cardinal Communication

September 06, 2011 13:13 ET

Algonquin Claim Negotiations: The Algonquins of Kitigan Zibi Assert Their Claim to Lands in Ontario

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 8, 2011) - The Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg Algonquins of Maniwaki, Quebec are bringing forward their concerns about the Ontario Algonquin Claim Negotiations involving a vast tract of land in Ontario. Chief Gilbert Whiteduck of the Kitigan Zibi Algonquins stated today that "Twenty years ago, our land claim submission, which included our ancestral territory in Ontario, the exact same lands that are now being negotiated with the Ontario Algonquins, was accepted by Canada but we are still waiting for negotiations based upon our claim evidence to begin".

"To this day, we have been given no reason for being excluded and not consulted about what they are doing in relation to our lands in Ontario. Canada accepted our land claim long ago and it is simply wrong for the government to continue to ignore our rights and treat us this way. Our constitutional rights should compel the Crown to safeguard our rights, but so far we have seen no action from Canada in this regard; it is a breach of trust in-the-making."

The Indian community at Golden Lake, Ontario (known as Pikwàkanagàn) and the Kitigan Zibi Algonquins at Maniwaki, Quebec are descended from the same tribe that was located at the Lake of Two Mountains at Oka, Quebec since the early 1700's. In the 1800's the ancestors of these two communities migrated to their current locations in Ontario and Quebec; the Algonquins of both communities are the present-day descendents of those same families.

"The bureaucrats tell us that this is a mere 'over-lap issue', but it cannot be an over-lap because we are of the same blood and heritage. The Algonquins at Pikwàkanagàn are our cousins and we share the same set of rights and title that flow from the exact same historical sources since time immemorial", stated Chief Whiteduck.

"For over two hundred years our complaints and submissions to the Crown for protection of Algonquin title and rights have been ignored and violated. Despite the Royal Proclamation of 1763; the Treaty of Swegatchy in 1760 and the Treaty of Niagara in 1764, but we have never received the protection or compensation that was promised us by the Crown – We are still waiting".

There are issues to be considered for the citizens of Ontario as their government has made statements and promises regarding to the objectives it hopes to gain through these negotiations:

  1. To avoid creating injustices for anyone in the settlement of the claim; and,

  2. To establish certainty and finality with respect to title, rights and interests in the land and natural resources with the intention of promoting stability within the area and increasing investor confidence.

Chief Gilbert Whiteduck points out that: "Unfortunately, if they continue to ignore us, neither of these worthy objectives will be met and all the time and resources devoted to the negotiation process shall have gone to waste. The citizens of the Province of Ontario ought to be concerned about how their needs, concerns and contributions towards addressing aboriginal issues are going to be met in this particular situation".

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Contact Information

  • Source: Dahrlene Twenish
    Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg First Nation
    819 449-5170

    For interviews with the Chief: Virginie Michel
    Cardinal Communication
    514 922-2315 (mob.)