LANDS AND RESOURCES – KIIN MIINWAA ENDADIZIWINAN
The Lands and Resources Department was established within the Union of Ontario Indians in the spring of 2007. Currently, there are five (5) program areas with staffing capabilities. These include: Anishinabek/Ontario Resource Management Council, Water Resources, Minerals and Mining, Trapping, and Canada Ontario Resource Development Agreement.
The Lands and Resources mission is to foster a better quality of life by ensuring access to natural resources by supporting the goals, values and aspirations of the Anishinabek Nation.
- by creating opportunities our communities are empowered to increase the natural, technical and financial capacity derived and generated from our lands and natural resources.”
- Jurisdiction and Treaty Rights -“by building and preserving Anishinabek laws within our territories, communities can continue to assert and exercise jurisdiction, implementing ownership of lands, water and resources.”
- Access to Lands and Resources – “our communities are strengthened by continuous advocacy efforts to increase access to lands and resources.”
- Environmental Values – “by respecting Mother Earth we foster change which will sustain our lands and resources, preserving the integrity of the Seventh Generation and our Anishinabe Bimaaadziwn.
- Awareness and Communication – “with a continual effort to understand our communities we are committed to facilitate education, sharing current events and traditional wisdom.”
Lands and resources meets the mandate by:
- monitoring issues
- development of clear communication to First Nations and members
- completing resolution follow-up tasks, and other duties directed by First Nations, Regional Chief, Assemblies and Grand Council.