Algonquin Land Claim – a chronology of 2013 links and news

Nov.2013: see the Winter edition of Cottage Life Magazine for John Lorinc’s article about the Algonquin Land Claim, “Into uncharted territory,” (pp.39-42) including insight from FOCA on the topic.

Sept. 10 –Lake residents want to work with Algonquins on a healthy Trout Lake fishery (North Bay Nugget)

August 28/13 – list of association consultations/meetings re: ALC (pdf; 1 page)

August 8/13 – letter from FOCA to MPs/MPPs (pdf; 2 pages) regarding the need for true consultation on the Land Claim – read FOCA’s letter by clicking the link, above, and use the contact links there to send your own letter

Township of North Frontenac special meeting on the Algonquin Land Claim. August 30, 2013, Plevna.

August 2013 – FOCA was copied on a reply from MPP Randy Hillier’s office responding to a constituent enquiry on this subject. Read the letter (pdf; 1 page) which emphasizes the importance of sending your concerns NOW, directly to the attention of the negotiating team.

Lake Association Resolution (pdf; 2 pages) regarding the Algonquin Land Claim (courtesy of Lake Weslemkoon Conservation Association)

July 30, 2013 – FOCA was copied on a letter (pdf; 8 pages) from a group of private landowners pursuing concerns about the Draft AIP.  Other concerned landowners can connect to this group by email at:

Lake Association Resolution (pdf; 2 pages) regarding the Algonquin Land Claim (courtesy of Lake Clear POA)

June 25, 2013 – Algonquins propose 46-lot subdivision (pdf; 3 pages) in Mattawa River Provincial Park (North Bay Nugget)

June 19, 2013 – FOCA receives an unsolicited letter (pdf; 2 pages) and fact sheet (pdf; 2 pages) for landowners, from Ontario’s Chief Negotiator. Note that the use of designated lands are described as “varied and evolving“, and subject to municipal zoning.

Interested property owners are encouraged to contact their local municipality to find out more about proposed uses that may impact them.

Confused about the Land Selection process? Click here (pdf; 1 page). Use this form (pdf; 1 page) to record notes about any parcels you’re concerned about.

March, 2013 – FOCA co-hosted public meetings to discuss the implications of the Land Claim Agreement in Principle, with many cottage association members in attendance.

Bancroft – March 6
Perth – February 22
Stittsville – February 25
North Bay – February 27
Pembroke – February 28

Additional Resources:

Find out more about the Algonquin Land Claim

Public Meetings
Public information sessions about the Algonquin Land Claim were held at several locations as shown below.

Ottawa: Wed. March 6, 2013, at Tudor Hall
Perth: Thurs. March 7, 2013, at Perth Lions’ Hall
Kingston: Fri. March 8, 2013, at TraveLodge Hotel LaSalle
North Bay: Tues. March 12, 2013, at Best Western North Bay Hotel & Conference Centre
Mattawa: Wed. March 13, 2013, at Mike Rodden Arena & Community Centre
Pembroke: Thurs. March 14, 2013, at Best Western Pembroke Inn & Conference Centre
Bancroft: Fri. March 15, 2013, at Faraday Community Centre
Toronto: Sat. March 16, 2013, at Radisson Toronto East

December 2012 – LAND CLAIM UPDATE: After many years of negotiations, the parties have just released the “Preliminary Draft Comprehensive Land Claim Agreement-in-Principle” for public review. This includes proposed terms, and maps related to the Land Claim.

Note that a series of public consultations are planned for early 2013. FOCA will be publishing notice of these meetings, as information becomes available.

August 2012 – In late July, FOCA had an initial meeting with the Claims Negotiation unit of the Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR). FOCA has also liaised with Al Stewart, Chair of the Stakeholder Committee. MNR has reiterated that public consultation will happen once the Agreement in Principle (AIP) has been released. Map boundaries are to be considered tentative until further notice.

On behalf of our members, FOCA restated the need for public consultation as soon as possible.

We have been promised more information on timelines for the entire process, and particularly for public consultation, “by September.”

The interests of waterfront property owners in Eastern Ontario will be impacted by the terms being negotiated as part of the Algonquin Land Claim.

FOCA strongly believes that consideration of the potential impacts on private landowners should be a priority for everyone at the negotiating table.

FOCA has provided a written comment (pdf; 3 pages) to this effect, and we encourage all landowners with an interest in this matter to likewise indicate your interest in this important matter. See FOCA’s written comment (link above) for a list of possible contacts on the final page, or send to:

Ontario Information Centre
Algonquin Land Claim
31 Riverside Drive
Pembroke, ON K8A 8R6
Phone: (613) 732-8081
Fax: (613) 732-7136

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