Strengthening the Algonquin Presence throughout our Traditional Territory
In July 2009, the AOO, Canada and Ontario entered into a Consultation Process Interim Measures Agreement. This Agreement sets out a one window approach for Canada and Ontario to consult with the Algonquins of Ontario on proposed activities or projects in Algonquin Territory while our negotiations are ongoing. The Algonquins of Ontario Consultation Office in Pembroke serves as this one window. Since 2006, over 450 consultation requests have been received and over 200 files are active at this time.
This Consultation Process Interim Measures Agreement and the Consultation Office are providing the AOO with an unparalleled opportunity to express the interests of the AOO in relation to virtually every public sector development in the Settlement Area. This has led to the AOO being recognized as a key participant in the development of lands, resources and public policy throughout the Settlement Area.
While our negotiations move forward, a number of very exciting initiatives are also taking shape and serve to:
- Enhance Algonquin presence and influence for land development and major infrastructure activities in Algonquin Traditional Territory
- Strengthen relationships with municipalities and other government agencies
- Establish Algonquin credentials as strong players in the social, economic and political fabric of eastern Ontario and Canada