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Memo: Algonquin Land Claim
The following memo is being sent on behalf of Brian Crane, Ontario’s Chief Negotiator for the Algonquin Land Claim.
Results of the Algonquins of Ontario ratification vote on the Proposed Agreement-in-Principle are now publicly available. They are posted on the Algonquins of Ontario website at: http://www.tanakiwin.com/wp-system/uploads/2015/11/AOO-Media-Release_AIP-Ratification-Vote_20160317_Final.pdf
These results are now under the review of the three negotiation parties. Ontario is encouraged by the ratification vote results and we continue to hope for a common agreement by all three parties to move forward with these negotiations.
We have also received the results of a separate, parallel referendum that was conducted by the Algonquins of Pikwakanagan First Nation. This was an initiative managed by Pikwakanagan in order to facilitate the participation of a significant number of their membership who had not enrolled for the Algonquins of Ontario ratification vote process. The Pikwakanagan referendum results suggest some concern exists within that community.
At this time, we need to respect the needs of the Algonquins of Pikwakanagan and allow sufficient time for their leadership to determine the best way forward for that First Nation Community.
Ontario remains committed to working with the Algonquins of Pikwakanagan First Nation, and the other Algonquins of Ontario communities, to build on the common understandings and positive relationships that have been forged to date as a result of these negotiations.
Further information about the future of the negotiations will be provided once the necessary and appropriate discussions have taken place amongst the parties.
Should you have any questions, the Public Information Centre for the Algonquin Land Claim is available via these contact points: