Treaty #3 First Nations sign historic Forestry and Mining Resource Revenue Sharing Agreement with the Province of Ontario
The Grand Council is pleased to announce that Treaty #3 First Nations and the Province of Ontario’s forestry and mining sectors have committed to entering into a historic Resource Revenue Sharing Agreement.
The Agreement is one of the first of its kind to occur within Treaty #3 Territory. It will share stumpage fees and mining royalties, which will benefit Treaty #3 First Nations as a collective.
This is an important step towards the Provinces’ commitment to reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples.
Ogichidaa Francis Kavanaugh stated, “The Agreement with Ontario is the operationalization of our Great Earth Law- Manito Aki Inakonigaawin. Resource revenue sharing provides economic independence for the Anishinaabe Nation in Treaty #3, while acknowledging our sovereignty, and relationship with our natural resources.” The Agreement is a positive initiative towards the path of a mutually beneficial relationship with Ontario and Grand Council Treaty #3 looks forward to further exploring future opportunities based on our traditional laws and ways of being.
For further media information contact:
Gary Allen, Executive Director
Grand Council Treaty #3
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