ELECTION DAY ANNOUNCEMENT
ELECTION DAY ANNOUNCEMENT
Elections for the position of Algonquin Negotiation Representative to serve a 3-year term as part of a Negotiation Team to negotiate the terms of a Treaty between the Algonquins, Canada and Ontario will take place between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. in each instance at the following Communities on the following dates:
Forms for Candidates in each of
By contacting the toll-free number a t 1-877-287-4570
All eligible Electors should bring
Should you have any questions regarding these Elections please contact the Information Officer, Gary George at the following toll-free number: 1-877-287-4570
Should you have
any questions regarding your eligibility as an Elector please contact the
Enrolment Officer, Joan Holmes at: Joan Holmes & Associates
In addition, votes may be cast by mail-in ballots which will be mailed out to all Electors. If you are uncertain whether your address is accurately noted please contact the Enrolment Officer, Joan Holmes at: (613) 722-7675, by Fax: (613) 722-0787 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Electors’ Lists have been posted at the following locations:
August 26, 2004
Open letter to all people in Ontario of Algonquin ancestry
As the Principal Negotiator for the Algonquin people in Ontario, it gives me great pleasure to notify all persons in Ontario who have Algonquin ancestry of the establishment of an electoral process that will provide the opportunity for Algonquin people to elect Algonquin Negotiation Representatives for each community of Algonquins in Ontario to participate in the pending Treaty negotiations with Canada and Ontario.
This process was agreed to by means of an Agreement arrived at between the Chief and Council of the Algonquins of Pikwakanagan First Nation and the representatives of the Algonquin Nation Tribal Council/Algonquin Nation Negotiation Directorate ("the Addendum"). The Addendum (which includes the Election Rules), a copy of which can be examined by you on the internet at my firms website (http://www.blaney.com/algonquin.htm) was arrived at following a number of public meetings and consultation with Algonquin peoples and with the governments of Canada and Ontario.
The elections that are contemplated by this process will be open to any person of demonstrated Algonquin descent who has reached the age of 18 years by October 1, 2004. Full details about the process will be made available in the very near future once informational materials can be developed for distribution in the form of newsletters, advertisements and on the internet.
The elections will be open to all eligible communities of Algonquins in Ontario, including Sharbot Lake, Mattawa/North Bay, Greater Golden Lake, Ardoch, Antoine, Bonnechere, Bancroft, Whitney, and any other community having a geographical connection with the Algonquin Territory and at least 125 persons of Algonquin ancestry.
The electoral process has the 'sole" purpose of electing Algonquin Negotiation Representatives, whose "sole" task will be to take direction from Algonquins in each Community, and to give instructions to me as the Principal Negotiator for the purpose of presenting positions during the negotiation process with Canada and Ontario.
While the electoral process was created by an agreement between the Chief and Council of the Algonquins of Pikwakanagan First Nation and the Algonquin Nation Tribal Council/Algonquin Nation Negotiation Directorate, the election process does not endorse or in any way affect the right of Algonquins outside of the negotiation process to develop such institutions of community governance as they deem appropriate.
I commend the leadership of the Algonquins of Pikwakanagan First Nation and Algonquin Nation Tribal Council/Algonquin Nation Negotiation Directorate, all of whom have made concessions to enable this electoral process to be established.
The electoral process that has been created is in my opinion open, transparent and fair. It gives all eligible Algonquins in Ontario access to a democratic process that will enable me as Principal Negotiator to take direction from all eligible communities of Algonquins in Ontario in negotiating a resolution of the long-outstanding claims of the Algonquin people.
It continues to be an honour and privilege to serve the Algonquin people of Ontario on this matter.
Blaney McMurtry LLP
Robert J. Potts
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