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Our Vision Serpent River First Nation will have self-sufficient people within a community of caring and compassionate

e families.

Our Mission Serpent River First Nation will use all available financial, human, natural, technological and cultural resources to achieve self-sufficiency through the
efforts of all Community Members. Our strong and unique cultural and spiritual identity will drive us to ensure a healthy community that is safe and
secure for all generations.











MEDIA RELEASE

(Friday, June 27 2014) First Nations on the North Shore of Lake Huron are signatories to a
number of pre-confederate treaties with the Crown. Municipalities are situated on those treaty
lands and are increasingly subject to growing requirements to work with First Nations regarding
planning and development.

In early July, three of those First Nation watershed communities are going to be meeting to return
to the concepts of sharing and First Nation jurisdiction, as recognized in the treaties. Their specific
focus will be: a Regional Roundtable on Sustainable Development, where First Nations and
Municipalities on the North Shore will dialogue on how to strengthen the region.

The Serpent River First Nation will be hosting this important roundtable at their Lifestyle Centre.
This event will build on a Lands and Economy Summit that took place in October 2013 at Serpent
River First Nation that looked at the critical nature of First Nation rights, jurisdiction and the
importance of bi-lateral relationships with First Nations as governments.

On the evening of July 2, 2014, the round table discussion will move to the Lester B. Pearson
Centre where the communities will discuss: Sustainable Development in my Community and in
Our Region. This discussion will be open to the public in the region and will demonstrate local
governments openly sharing their perspectives on how sustainable development could work.

All communities that will be represented agree regional efforts are vital to regional success. The
focus specifically will be the watershed, headlands, and broader Treaty Territory/Crown Lands.
Issues like mining, forestry, land-use and cottage lot development, and issues regarding NWMOs
deep geological repository studies will be on the table as the highest importance to all the
communities that will be in attendance.

Originally, when treaties were entered into by Anishinabek governments and the settler society,
First Nations had jurisdiction, that wasnt taken from us nor was it relinquished by treaty. Today we
are putting forward a roundtable that moves us from idle discussion, toward clear dialogue and an
agreed upon action for how sustainability development should takes place in the treaty territory,
says Day. The time for talk is over, First Nations must assert formal responsibility and authority
based on treaties we wish to discuss achievable options among our regional partners.

Serpent River Anishinabek, Sagamok Anishinabek, Mississaugi First Nation, the Town of Spanish,
City of Elliot Lake, Township of Sauble and Spanish River, Township of the North Shore, and Blind
River will all be in attendance, along with other government partners and observers.

For further info, contact Melanie Debassige melaniedebassige@hotmail.com or 705-844-2119.

Telephone:
(705) 844-2418
Facsimile:
(705) 844-2757

195 Village Road
Cutler, Ontario
P0P 1B0

Serpent River First Nation