Notice - Update on Caledonia Negotiations

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Notice - Update on Caledonia Negotiations

Ministry of Indigenous Affairs

TORONTO, April 26 - Attached are points of accomplishment achieved today by the parties to the Caledonia negotiations. This includes the Haudenosaunee/Six Nations, Canada and Ontario. This builds on the points of agreement reached on April 21. This material is being provided to the media and the public to ensure that both are kept apprised of developments. Joint Statement of Accomplishments by Haudenosaunee/Six Nations, Canada and Ontario April 26, 2006 1. Peaceful Resolution ------------------- The parties all recognize the need for short and long term resolutions that restore and maintain peace. 2. Douglas Creek Lands ------------------- We have established a main table through which we will work to resolve the issues of the possession, use, development and occupation of the Douglas Creek lands. Currently a working group is developing recommendations intended to lead to a resolution of the Douglas Creek lands issues. The working group will report to the main table in the short term. 3. Relationship with OPP --------------------- A liaison-working group representing Haudenosaunee/Six Nations and the OPP has been making progress towards a relationship that is focused on trust and respect which includes open communication and patience. 4. Long Term Resolution -------------------- The parties have taken steps to appoint and to establish mandates for principal representatives who will have the responsibility to develop a detailed work plan to address and resolve the various outstanding issues in accordance with the April 21, 2006 agreement. 5. Disengagement ------------- Through building a relationship between Haudenosaunee/Six Nations and the governments of Canada and Ontario and by working towards resolution of the short and long term issues, the parties are moving toward achieving disengagement which would result in the clearing of public roads and provide assurance of the safety of rail lines.For further information: Haudenosaunee/Six Nations, Sue Jacobs, (905) 765-1749; Leroy Hill, (905) 765-1749; Canada: Monique Doiron, Indian and Northern Affairs Canada, (416) 973-8111; Greg Coleman, Indian and Northern Affairs Canada, (416) 973-2281; Ontario: Ginette Albert, Minister David Ramsay's Office, (416) 314-2212; Anne-Marie Flanagan, Minister David Ramsay's Office, (416) 327-0654; Rosemary Sampson, Ontario Secretariat for Aboriginal Affairs, (416) 326-4780