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Algonquin identity is based upon our aboriginal ancestry irrespective of the
intermingling with non-native or non-Algonquin peoples.
Aboriginal rights are Nation based rather than community based.
Algonquins throughout the territory chose not to move to “Indian Act
Reserves” when told to do so in the 1800’s.
least three Indian Act Reserves were to be established in Bedford,
Nightingale and Lawrence Township’s, but for unknown reasons they never
were established. Algonquins in those areas were never registered and did
not move. Their descendants still reside in these areas as Non-Status
Non-Status Algonquins are the offspring of Status Algonquins. These
Algonquins do not meet the current criteria of registration under the
basis of our Aboriginal rights is quite different in that our rights are
based on those practices prior to contact with the Europeans and that they
have never been relinquished through any Treaty or other means.
are currently in the midst of a settling a land claim Treaty; this also
makes us quite distinct from Metis.
have an identified land base with proven tradition use and occupancy of the
territory, prior to the point of European contact.
as Non-Status Algonquin communities have no access to core funding for
community offices, etc.
ANTC represents only those of Algonquin decent.
have a different system of identification of our members.
have a distinctive Algonquin culture that differs from the Metis.
Our culture is based solely on our Algonquin Aboriginal customs and
practices rather than being a product of mixed cultures, after contact, as
with the Metis culture.
do not identify ourselves as “Metis” as defined in Section 35 of the
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