Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory, ON – Mike Bossio, Member of Parliament for Hastings—Lennox and Addington was pleased to welcome the Standing Committee on Indigenous & Northern Affairs to his home riding today.
The Committee recently concluded a week-long cross-country trip studying the negotiation and implementation of specific claims and comprehensive claims (including self-government agreements) and to better understand the outcomes of these claims for Indigenous communities.
The Committee spent the morning in Belleville listening to Indigenous leaders and organizations from across Ontario who came to share their experiences and concerns with the land claim process.
During the afternoon, the Committee was welcomed by Chief R. Donald Maracle to Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory, where they met with the Tyendinaga Mohawk Council and discuss their concerns, including how local longstanding land claim issues have affected inhabitants of both the territory and the surrounding area.
“It was an honour to bring the Indigenous Committee to my home community after meetings in Vancouver, Winnipeg, and Quebec City, and I’m so grateful to Chief Maracle and the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte for welcoming everyone.” said Bossio. “In order to represent my constituents to the best of my ability, it was very important to me that the viewpoint of the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte be directly brought to the table for our study. The only way to true reconciliation is to understand past injustices, and how to move forward together. Chief Don made it clear to us that we need to work together in a respectful relationship to find a path forward to benefit everyone.”
The Committee will continue to study the issue throughout the fall. Those interested in submitting a brief or a comment can do so online though the Committee’s website: http://www.ourcommons.ca/Committees/en/INAN or by contacting the Committee Clerk at INAN@parl.gc.ca.