Economic Development Plan
The Algonquin Negotiation Representatives (“ANRs”),
assisted by the Technical Advisory Group (“TAG”) are currently in the
process of creating an Economic Development Plan (“EDP”) which is intended
to provide a substantive foundation for the negotiation of that Treaty. The
EDP will set out the necessary requirements for the survival
and prosperity of the Algonquin people and culture in
draft EDP, which is to be tabled to the federal and provincial negotiators
during early 2008, is nearing completion.
before moving to the next step in the negotiation process, the ANRs require
additional input from community members on the general parameters of the EDP.
following is a summary of the current thinking of the ANRs with respect the EDP.
After reading this summary, we would
encourage you to attend the next public meeting in your area and/or provide any
comments or suggestions on any of the issues described below or direct any
questions to your ANR.
its current form, the EDP is organized into the following broad categories which
together set out a comprehensive plan for the cultural and economic development
of the Algonquin people:
survival of the Algonquin Nation and Algonquin Culture requires that the
Algonquins have a well-defined level of control over Algonquin lands, assets,
and matters which directly affect their ability to practice their traditions and
maintain and enhance their cultural identity. Nevertheless, the Algonquins
recognize the modern day reality is that many Algonquins live
shoulder-to-shoulder with non-Algonquin people throughout the
Currently, the ANRs expect that the Algonquins will
establish an Algonquin Constitution which will, among other things, establish a
federal system of Algonquin governance with one Nation
government and several local community governments. The Algonquin Constitution
which will be part of the proposed Treaty will also provide for an Algonquin
Tribunal which will administer Algonquin Law (such as laws relating to
harvesting by Algonquins and other matters).
Nation government will be responsible for matters generally affecting the
Algonquin Nation, while Algonquin community governments will be responsible for
matters relating to each of the specific Algonquin communities.
will generally be free to establish their own governance structures within this
constitution, but at a minimum, the principles guiding these Algonquin community
governments will include that they be:
Algonquins have an intimate connection to the land within the
ANRs, in consultation with the TAG, have been working to identify specific lands
as part of a comprehensive plan for the economic and cultural development of the
preliminary Nation land concept has been developed which includes land
To protect Mother Earth;
To ensure the survival of the Algonquins by
providing high profile and historically meaningful locations for the
establishment of “signature” projects that will support and enhance the
rejuvenation of Algonquin history and culture.
To provide significant opportunities/economic
engines for sustainable economic development and win-win opportunities for both
Algonquin and non-native communities in the immediate and long term.
Algonquin Settlement Lands will generally be
inalienable and not subject to expropriation.
Algonquin Community Lands are being selected as part
of individual community profiles which are being developed in consultation with
the communities. Although these plans are community plans, they are being
developed to be consistent with, and become an integral part of, the EDP.
Generally speaking, Community Lands will be selected with reference to the
for cultural, administrative, commercial, industrial, and recreational
opportunities as well as Algonquin centered residential options.
and support Algonquin economic development and provide Algonquin job
As treaty negotiations progress, the ANRs, along
with the TAG, will develop further details of each project including outlines of
the objectives, anticipated costs, land requirements and any potential revenue
history and culture are intimately connected with the natural resources of the
addition, the economy of the
Algonquins have regained limited influence over natural resource development
through the consultation process, this process has been inadequate to protect
Algonquin interests. This lack of meaningful Algonquin influence and control
over the management of these resources is a threat to the very survival of the
significant components to the successful reconciliation of the Algonquin Nation
with other Canadians are (i) the establishment of mechanisms that provide for
real Algonquin influence over the management of, and access to, natural
resources in the Traditional Territory; and (ii) an equitable share for
Algonquins in the economic benefits derived from the extraction and exploitation
of the natural resources from the Traditional Territory.
EDP provides for specific Algonquin requirements in respect of the management
and exploitation of natural resources in the
Harvesting of flora and fauna;
Mining and extraction activities;
Power generation and nuclear facilities; and
of the core objectives of the EDP is not only the survival, but the resurgence
of the Algonquin culture. Algonquin culture is synonymous with the Algonquin way
of life and includes language, values, beliefs, and traditional practices and
Algonquins have been dispersed throughout and beyond the
of the principal objectives of this EDP is to identify the mechanisms, resources
and opportunities that will enable the Algonquins to confront and overcome these
threats. The ANRs have identified a need for, and have developed preliminary
concepts for cultural development initiatives and programs falling into the
“Nation building” efforts to bring the Algonquin people closer
together as one Nation;
Programs and developments to ensure the protection and respectful
treatment of Algonquin heritage resources; and
Improved access to cultural education and training for Algonquins (e.g.,
language, history, archaeology).
element in the process of reconciliation of the Algonquins with other Canadians,
and for ensuring the survival and prosperity of the Algonquin culture, is a
solid foundation upon which the economic well-being of Algonquins can be
ANRs have identified Algonquin socio-economic development initiatives that fall
into four major categories:
Development involves a system of education and training that prepares
for highly skilled jobs and ensures employers’ access to a skilled flexible
workforce in the future.
A comprehensive program would be designed to improve the productivity level of
workers and allow companies to grow in the future.
workforce development is specifically focused on increasing Algonquin human
capital in the
Market Development requires the co-ordination of
many efforts to provide an environment in which economic opportunities can be
generated. Larger scale efforts that can potentially benefit large groups of
people often require concerted, centralized effort to aid the development of
markets in which businesses can be successful. Non-Algonquin market development
efforts are already in place within the
EDP will also include certain business development programs to facilitate the development of, and
investment in, Algonquin small businesses in the
the EDP contemplates the provision of some special considerations for Algonquin
people with respect to government procurement to enable Algonquins to enhance
opportunities for Algonquin businesses in the
thank you for your active interest in the Treaty Negotiation process and thank
you for your ongoing support/assistance in that endeavour.
“Robert J. Potts”
“Robert J. Potts”
“Algonquin Negotiation Representatives”
“Algonquin Negotiation Representatives”
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Changes last made on: February 15, 2007.