February 1, the Algonquin Negotiation Representatives (ANR) met at the Sword
Motor Inn, for a regular session before holding one of three information
meetings for members of the Algonquin community.
Negotiator Robert (Bob) Potts, welcomed over 50 people to the first information
session since the ANRs were elected last May and thanked Ada Tinney, for the
opening prayer. He described the meeting as "private," meant for those
of Algonquin descent whom he hoped would comment openly and with
this point The Bancroft Times was politely asked, and agreed, to leave the
offered to comment to the newspaper on February 3.
after this date, Potts said, "I think it was extremely well attended. I
think there were about 100 people there and I was pleased that all 16 ANRs were
there so it was open and people could ask specific questions of them."
said the ANRS have been able to meet monthly since the May elections.
have a huge amount of work to do in consultations with the communities. Each ANR
wants to get feedback from their communities. They have started the process of
reviewing the past work and creating a working binder of those matters, so
that gives us a walking start into the negotiations. "We hope to have an
agreement in principle by May, 2008.
have started the process and in the future the ANRs will have to have a
technical advisory group (TAG), of professionals to help with land use planning
initiatives. That would probably include an accountant, an economist and a
planner. We would issue a request for proposal for that group."
said the province, under its negotiator Brian Crane, has started its working
group of municipalities which are intending to meet quarterly. He said he had
attended one of their meetings to inform them of the progress of the ANRs.
gleaned from the Blaney McMurtry Law Firm Web site, where Potts is a partner,
and from his January 24 letter to the Algonquins, indicates there has been
steady progress in the negotiations. In his opening remarks on February I, he
repeated the fact that both the federal and provincial governments have
"formally indicated their willingness to participate in the negotiations
with a view to resolving all outstanding Algonquin claims in Ontario, and the
objective of signing an Agreement in Principle (AlP) for that purpose within two
the election, or acclamation of the nine ANRs, they have met regularly and by
September 26, 2005, had completed the "Terms of Reference for Algonquin
Negotiation Representatives," which will govern the conduct of their
meetings, and outlines their duties as they prepare to enter the negotiations of
the treaty. The complete document is available on htpp://www.blaney.com/algonquin.htm
and there is a toll free information line: 1-877-287-4570.
Also completed was the establishment of
a trust account or vehicle to accept and manage the government funding for these
negotiations in an efficient and transparent manner.
key responsibility of the ANRs is outlined in the mandate portion of the Terms
of Reference: "Shall have the responsibility of meaningful consulting with,
and taking direction from each of their respective communities... and to provide
direction and instructions to the principle negotiator with respect to the
they are required to: "Evaluate positions and strategies predating November
16, 2001, (when the last round of negotiations stalled) and develop additional
positions and strategies for the Algonquins in the negotiations and, in
particular, review all position and discussion papers and land identification
maps developed previously for the negotiations."
this duty, Potts said in his letter, "the ANRs have also compiled and begun
reviewing working binders of materials that had been previously prepared during
prior negotiations. Our hope is that through this process we will be able to
avoid needless duplication and delay."
ANRs represent the communities of Bancroft, Whitney, Mattawa/North Bay, Sharbot
Lake, Greater Golden Lake, Antoine, Ottawa, Ardoch and Bonnechere. The
negotiating team also includes the Chief of Pikwakanagan and its council.
There will be similar information meetings held in Pembroke, on March 2, at the Royal Canadian Legion, 202 Pembroke St., and on March 23, at the Makwa Centre, Pikwakanagan First Nation.
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