Algonquin chiefs urge AFN National Chief to act now on Akikodjiwan resolution
May 6, 2016
Chiefs from the Algonquin Nation Secretariat (ANS) are asking Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief, Perry Bellegarde, to “urgently issue” a letter advising the Crown governments, the NCC and Windmill Development Group of a resolution passed during the AFN’s Special Chiefs Assembly in December 2015.
The resolution calls for protection of the Algonquin Sacred Waterfalls Area: Akikodjiwan Kitch Zibi (Chaudiere Falls, Ottawa River), and the chiefs inform the National Chief that their request is for a letter that “formally” transmits that decision of the Assembly.
“We have extensive evidence of Windmill Development Group’s meddling in the internal affairs of the Algonquin Nation and bypassing our legitimate leadership and causing divisions. So we intend on addressing this with the NCC during our discussions.”
Supporters of Freeing Chaudiere Falls and Its Islands have also written to the National Chief to ask for details on when he might act on the resolution but have received no response.
The ANS letter informs Mr. Bellegarde that the ANS is currently seeking separate, bilateral consultations with the National Capital Commission regarding land developments that impinge upon Chaudiere and Albert Islands, and LeBreton Flats.
Here is full text of letter to AFN [PDF loads].