Resolution Number: 1998-08-29Renewal Of Hydro Leases In Mushkegowuk Territory
1998-08-29 EXCERPT:


RESOLUTION NO. 1998-08-29

Attawapiskat First Nation

Kashechewan First Nation

Fort Albany First Nation

Moose Cree First Nation

New Post First Nation

Chapleau Cree First Nation

Missanabie Cree First Nation

Chief Peter Archibald

New Post First Nation

Chief Ernest Beck

Moose Cree First Nation


Certified copy of a Resolution passed on August 27, 1998

WHEREAS in decades past numerous leases were granted to Ontario Hydro and other hydro providers in Mushkegowuk territory without any consultation or perrruss1on from Mushkegowuk First Nations; and

WHEREAS many of these long term leases are coming up for the renewal in the near future; and

WHEREAS the dams and flooding from these leases cause destruction of First Nation hunting, trapping and fishing resources, submersion and destruction of First Nation burial grounds, erosion, impediment to traditional navigation, and other effects harmful to Mushkegowuk First Nation communities and rights;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Mushkegowuk Chiefs in Assembly urge and require the provincial government and the Ministry of Natural Resources, Ontario Hydro, and other hydro resource developers to respect the Constitutional, Aboriginal and Treaty rights of the Mushkegowuk First Nations in any proposed hydro lease renewals;

August 27, 1998

Moose Factory, Ontario

AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that in any such proposed renewals the

appropriate First Nation be fully consulted, and that good faith discussions occur on conditions necessary for First Nations consent, which address such issues as any potential harmful effects on the First Nation, potential benefits such as revenue sharing, and redress for past grievances.