Flash mob: Algonquin land claim -- NO! to termination of title and rights

Saturday, January 30, 2016 - 17:00

INM flash mob - Algonquin land claim: NO! to termination of title and rights

WHAT:
An Idle No More flash mob outside of the voting information session for the Algonquin land claim in Eastern Ontario

WHEN:
Saturday January 30, 12:00noon - 1:00pm when the session begins

WHERE:
Outside the Native Canadian Centre of Toronto
16 Spadina Rd, off of Bloor

Invite your contacts on Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1682311195391981

This information session in advance of next month's vote on the Proposed Agreement-In-Principle is being hosted and run by the "Algonquins of Ontario" organization, who are negotiating the land claim settlement (a 'termination table') that will extinguish Algonquin land title and rights for Eastern Ontario, including Canada's capital, Ottawa, and therein the sacred Chaudière Falls site (Akikodjiwan / Asinabka) on the Ottawa River currently slated for Windmill Ltd's "Zibi" condo-commercial development.

Recognizing that inside this voting information session there will be no real chance for a full expression of opposition to the Proposed Agreement-In-Principle, or to the land claim process itself ...

... We are calling out for a direct action flash mob of drumming, singing and the coming together of all nations and our allies in a good way - to send a clear and concise message to reject this claim and these negotiations, and for those who will partake in this process to JUST VOTE NO!!!

ABOUT THE LAND CLAIM

The ‘Algonquins of Ontario’ (AOO) was created in 2006 as an organization to carry out the land claims process; the AOO decision-making body consists of the chief and six council members of the Algonquins of Pikwakanagan First Nation, along with one elected ‘Algonquin Negotiation Representative’ (ANR) for each of the nine non-status Algonquin communities included in the claim. This land claim process was initially started by Pikwakanagan in 1983, with the provincial and federal governments accepting the claim to negotiate in 1991 and 1992 respectively.

The land under negotiation has never been ceded or surrendered. It consists of approximately 36,000 square kilometres of eastern Ontario (although unceded Algonquin territory does not stop at the Quebec border): the southern boundary goes from North Bay in the northwest, southeast almost all the way to Kingston, and then northeast to Hawkesbury, with Brockville and Cornwall excluded. The northern boundary is the Ottawa River aka the provincial border; the city of Ottawa is included in this territory, as is almost all of Algonquin Park.

The key results of the current proposed settlement are for the Algonquin to get 1.3% of the land in fee simple ownership, as well as a $300 million one-time payment from which the negotiating debt (currently $20 million and rising) will be paid.

The Quebec-headquartered Algonquin communities of Timiskaming, Wolf Lake, Eagle Village, and Kitigan Zibi have all announced their assertion of Aboriginal rights and title to their traditional territories including parts of Ontario being negotiated away in this land claim, but have been ignored by the "Algonquins of Ontario" as well as the provincial and federal governments while the land claim process continues forward towards extinguishment of title and rights.

LINKS:

Reconciliation As Real Negotiations or Termination Table? The Algonquin land claim in Eastern Ontario
http://equitableeducation.ca/2015/algonquin-land-claim

First Nations finance their own demise through land claims process
https://ricochet.media/en/318/first-nations-finance-their-own-demise-thr...

The Truth that Wampum Tells: My Debwewin on the Algonquin Land Claims Process
http://www.lynngehl.com/2-truth-that-wampum-tells.html

The heart break of Algonquin genocide
http://rabble.ca/news/2013/03/heart-break-algonquin-genocide

Eastern Ontario Land Claim – Algonquin Treaty Negotiation Funding Trust Financial Statements for the year ended 31 March 2015
http://ottawa.mediacoop.ca/story/eastern-ontario-land-claim-algonquin-tr...

Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg First Nation Puts Government of Canada and the Quebec and Ontario Governments on Notice
http://www.marketwired.com/press-release/kitigan-zibi-anishinabeg-first-...

Statement of Assertion of Aboriginal Rights and Title from Timiskaming, Wolf Lake, and Eagle Village Algonquin communities
http://www.algonquinnation.ca/?p=121

Turn the Tables
http://www.idlenomore.ca/turn_the_tables

---- Official land claim party sites ----

Algonquins of Ontario
http://www.tanakiwin.com/our-treaty-negotiations/overview-of-treaty-nego...

Province of Ontario
http://www.ontario.ca/page/algonquin-land-claim

Canadian federal government (Indigenous Affairs)
https://www.aadnc-aandc.gc.ca/eng/1355436558998/1355436749970

Native Canadian Centre of Toronto
16 Spadina Rd
Toronto , ON
Canada
43° 40' 5.4876" N, 79° 24' 17.8092" W
Ontario CA

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