Anishinabek, Ontario extend natural resource cooperation
TORONTO, Oct. 28, 2013 - The Anishinabek Nation and Ontario have signed their fifth memorandum of understanding to ensure coordination on natural resource management issues.
"This forum is crucial to convey our First Nations priorities and the current relevant issues of our Regions directly to the MNR," says Grand Council Chief Madahbee.
"We will continue working directly with the Ministry to help deal with issues of the lands and our treaty rights," says Northern Superior Regional Grand Chief Peter Collins.
Through the A/ORMC process, the Anishinabek Nation will work in partnership with Ontario to ensure that natural resources management issues within the Anishinabek Nation will be discussed and resolved.
The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, to which Canada is signatory, says: Indigenous peoples have the rights to the land, territories and resources which they have traditionally owned, occupied or otherwise used or acquired.
The Anishinabek Nation established the Union of Ontario Indians as its secretariat in 1949. The UOI is a political advocate for 39 member communities across Ontario, representing approximately 55,000 people. 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.
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