Resolution Number: 2014-01-06Ontario Mushkegowuk Treaty Roundtable
2014-01-06 EXCERPT:

Mushkegowuk Council 28th Annual Mamowihitowin

Resolution No. 2014-01-06

Attawapiskat First Nation

Kashechewan First Nation

Fort Albany First Nation

Moose Cree First Nation

Taykwa Tagamou Nation

Chapleau Cree First Nation

Missanabie Cree First Nation

Chief Theresa Spence Attawapiskat First Nation

Chief Jason Gauthier Missanabie Cree First Nation

Certified copy of a resolution passed on January 30, 2014

January 30, 2014

Fort Albany First Nation

Ontario/Mushkegowuk Treaty Roundtable

WHEREAS the discovery of the historical diaries of Ontario Treaty Commissioner Daniel MacMartin has shown that government representatives made far-reaching oral promises in 1905 and 1906 as part of the Treaty agreement between the federal and provincial and Mushkegowuk First Nations; and

WHEREAS the oral treaty promises made and accepted in the Treaty recognized the pre-existing and future control of the Mushkegowuk ancestral territory by the Omushkego; and

WHEREAS in the real agreement, our Grandparents secured permanent control of our Homeland; and

WHEREAS those oral Treaty promises remain legally and constitutionally binding today; and

WHEREAS those Treaty promises impose an obligation on provincial and federal governments to meet and discuss with the Mushkegowuk Council methods for respecting and accommodating Omushkegowuk land

control and governance in the future; and

WHEREAS the province of Ontario has agreed to hold good-faith discussions with Mushkegowuk Council about the potential for mutual treaty implementation strategies and projects, and several such meetings have been held but unfortunately, progress is less than satisfactory; and

WHEREAS discussions at the Treaty Roundtable thus far have identified the following pilot projects for discussion as potential steps toward implementing the oral promises made as part of Treaty 9: Revenue Sharing Model, Consultation and Accommodation including the necessity of Consent, Education, Governance/Economic Development and Child Welfare; and

WHEREAS Ontario has stated that the province is taking a risk in participating at this table, but the province has also recognized that the province has obligations under the Treaty, and is willing to meet and talk about the Treaty; and

WHEREAS this Mamowihitowin of the Omushkegowuk reaffirms their seriousness and willingness to engage Ontario in meaningful government-to­government discussion on the Treaty,


potential outcomes from the Treaty Roundtable; and directs the Office of the Grand Chief to seek a government to government agreement that formalizes the Treaty Roundtable with Ontario.