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Special Rapporteur Agrees to Meet

April 21, 2010

Special Rapporteur Agrees to Meet

Special Rapporteur Mr. James Anaya has agreed to meet with Paula LaPierreregarding numerous concerns.

LaPierre contends that all Canadians have been denied access to their own genuine history. She further claims that often, as a result of this poor understanding of history there can continue a lingering sense of injustice. Communities need to have a deep understanding of their own identity and history if they are to position themselves effectively for the transitions ahead.

LaPierre looks forward to the creation of community-based processes that can stimulate deeper community learning and engagement.

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Appreciate the Exchange

I certainly appreciate the diverse exchanges beginning to take place regarding the "Algonquins of Ontario' land claim. The Algonquin Nation cannot be divided by a provincial border as that would be a breach to our equal right under international law to territorial integrity.

A Comprehensive Land Claim negotiation process can not ever resolve the issues of Native Title and jurisdiction of a still sovereign Algonquin Nation.


Dear Billy: Do not buy into

Dear Billy:

Do not buy into the ideas that the Algonquins of Ontario bring forth. They have taken the Algonquin Nation's petitions and communication of 1860's when we lived at OKA/Kanesatake and skewwed the information favorably for their land claim.

Many virtual communities have popped up and claim Algonquin ancestry and are only seeking to profit.

Contact Mr. Robert J. Potts for his breakdown of the land claim. Also, contact the Algonquin Anishinabeg Tribal Council in Maniwaki for the real low-down on the phony Algonquins of Ontario.

Let's not forget Ontario means "beautiful lake" in Mohawk. There cannot be "Algonquins of Ontario" They are only Omamiwinini Anishinabe of the Algonquin Nation.

Nation to Nation Resolutions

I think that this meeting can be a promising step though I am quite concerned, even as an outside observer, and yes because the integrity of the the outcome of the Algonquin Nation's process of engaging the UN is bound to directly affect{indirectly-directly} my First Nation territorial integrity, because our territories meet-join and are therefore closely intertwined ecologically.
I hope that you are planning to conduct this on a nation to nation basis, and that the Algonquin traditional governance code is to serve as your nation to nation reference point. Not being of your nation I could not be sure but would expect, by simply drawing the reasonable conclusion that, this is a central aspect of your role as a sachem for your nation.

Also, would you be willing to publish the Algonquin Traditional Governance Code, here, for the world to become better acquainted with?


Billy Douthwright