Through open information sessions, Leaders of the Algonquin people have been turning to you for direction over the last sixteen years. I personally have found these meetings frustrating, rewarding and sometimes overwhelming. I have listened carefully to the voices of the Algonquin people who attended these meeting and with their voices ringing clearly in my ears, I have had the strength to work through the many difficult issues that have haunted the Leadership over the last 30 years.
Through an open transparent election process our Algonquin Negotiation Representative (ANR) table is in place. These ANRs encompass inclusive representation for the Algonquin people and together we are about to embark on a new phase of Negotiations. The Agreement in Principal (AlP) was initialed on October 16, 2016 and we are now moving towards our Modern-Day Treaty. Information sessions were rolled out in late summer of 2017 and it was very important that you made every effort to attend the ones in your local area.
The new Proposed Beneficiary Criteria was approved January 2020. People meeting this criteria will be able to vote in the upcoming Algonquin Negotiation Representatives election in June 2021.
A thousand acres of Land is not a Nation without a citizen to walk its soil. If the Algonquin Nation is to move forward as a unified body it must be defined with recognized Algonquin's having equal rights.
No doubt Canada and Ontario know who they are, and their citizens enjoy the same rights throughout the land. A man in British Columbia who says I am Canadian has the same meaning as a man in Ontario who says he is Canadian. The Algonquin Nation must recognize all of its citizens as equal. They must be able to stand shoulder to shoulder and say I am an Algonquin. They must not stand and say I am non-status, I am status, I am off reserve or I am reserve. They must all be equal citizens of the Algonquin Nation.
Chief Doreen Davis