TREATY 3 TERRITORY- Ontario NDP MPP Sol Mamakwa, Deputy Leader and Critic for Indigenous and Treaty Relations, issued the following statement applauding the largest negotiated treaty settlement in Ontario’s history between Ontario, the federal governments, and First Nations in Ontario:
I am pleased to see that the provincial and federal governments have recognized the need to address the historical injustices faced by 21 Robinson Huron Treaty First Nations. This settlement signifies an important step towards correcting past wrongdoings and advancing reconciliation. Most importantly it acknowledges the need to address the short-changing of First Nations in Ontario that has occurred for centuries.
This agreement, dating back to 1850, was never meant to be the last word on the relationship. A renewal and ongoing dialogue to ensure a mutually beneficial relationship between the Crown and First Nations for both parties to thrive in changing environments was always necessary.
While this agreement primarily deals with past annuities, the future Robinson annuities arrangement must be settled justly. All levels of government must continue to fully consult and negotiate in good faith moving forward regarding all treaty matters.
I firmly believe that negotiating in a respectful manner will not only strengthen future relationships between the government and First Nations but also bring the just prosperity owed to First Nations.
My expectation moving forward is that all appeals by the Crown before the courts will be dropped and negotiated out of court.
Meegwetch to the Robinson Huron Litigation team for their tireless efforts. Their hard work has played an invaluable role in achieving this significant progress.