Chiefs Prepare to Step Up Action to Protect Sacred Sites on Ottawa River
(Wendake, Wendat Territory/January 27, 2016) Chiefs
and Representatives from nine Algonquin First Nations met today while attending
an Assembly of First Nations of Quebec and Labrador Chiefs’ Meeting to have a
presentation on the proposed developments for Lebreton Flats and while there
they will also discuss their ongoing opposition to the proposed Windmill
Development Condo Project at a sacred waterfront area on the Ottawa River known
by the Algonquins as Akikodjiwan.
regional (AFNQL) and national (AFN) Chiefs organizations have duly adopted
support resolutions endorsing the position of the nine Algonquin First Nations
who oppose the condo project, inappropriately named by the development company
as the “Zibi” project the Algonquin word for river.
Only one Algonquin First Nation, Pikwŕkaganŕn
supports the condo project out of the ten communities that form the Algonquin
The nine Algonquin First Nations are seeking the
return of the sacred waterfront area and islands to Algonquin control and
management as an Algonquin Cultural Heritage site to maintain a permanent
presence in the National Capital Region, which is unceded Algonquin Territory.
The Algonquin Nation Chiefs met in Ottawa on February
5, 2016, for a meeting with the National Capital Commission regarding the Le
Breton Flats land use.
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Verna Polson, Grand Chief
Lance Haymond, Chief
Eagle Village First Nation
Nation Tribal Council