WOLF LAKE FIRST NATIONHunter’s Point, P. O. Box 998Temiscaming, QuebecJ0Z 3R0Tel: 819-627-3628Fax: 819-627-1109
Press ReleaseOpemican Park Can’t be Legally Created Without an Agreement With Algonquins
(Kipawa, Quebec/Algonquin Territory – March 25, 2013) The Chiefs of the AlgonquinFirst Nations of Wolf Lake and Eagle Village responded today to Premier Maroisregarding her March 21, 2013, public announcement that the Quebec governmentintends to proceed with the creation of Opemican Park.During the June 2012 Public Hearings on the proposed Opemican Park the Chiefs of Wolf Lake and Eagle Village presented their positions.Wolf Lake Chief Harry St. Denis basically stated to the MDDEP “
we have two pre-conditions before we could agree to the proposed Opemican Park being established inour traditional lands, we are seeking a consultation-accommodation agreement withQuebec in all areas that: 1) Recognizes our Aboriginal Title and Rights to our traditionallands; and 2) Provides a management role for our First Nation.
”Eagle Village Chief Madeleine Paul basically stated to the MDDEP “
our First Nationopposes the current Opemican Park Project and dozens of our community membersfiled individual briefs opposing the creation of Opemican Park the only way we mightsupport the creation of the park is through the result of a proper and meaningfulconsultation and accommodation process by the government of Quebec.
”On January 24, 2013, The Algonquin First Nations of Wolf Lake, Eagle Village and Timiskaming gave formal notice to the Quebec government that they are jointly issuinga Statement of Assertion of Aboriginal Rights and Title to their combined traditionalterritory. The territory covered under this Statement of Assertion of Rights and Title, measuringover 34,000 square kilometres, straddles the Quebec-Ontario border along the UpperOttawa River (see attached map), with a large portion of it located in Ontario. Theevidence, which has been in preparation for almost 20 years, shows that thesecommunities are descended from the Algonquin bands that traditionally used andoccupied the territory, and that they meet the legal tests for establishing rights and title.
Eagle Village First Nation-KipawaMigizy OdenawP.O. Box 756Temiscaming, QCJ0Z 3R0Tel: 819-627-3455 Fax: 819-627-9428