Milestone Reached on Land Base Expansion for Pic Mobert First Nation
Final Agreement Would Support New Economic Development Opportunities
Ontario, Canada and Pic Mobert First Nation have signed an agreement that will enhance social supports while strengthening the local economy and creating jobs.
The agreement would add about 16 square kilometres of provincial Crown land to the First Nation's existing reserve in northern Ontario. The chief and council of the First Nation have agreed to take this agreement to its members for a ratification vote.
This is the final step before it is put forward for ratification by Ontario and Canada. The agreement falls under the tripartite Land and Larger Land Base Framework, which provides land to signatory First Nations that are landless or have small reserves. The land is used to meet current and future social and economic needs. Resolving land-related issues is important to fostering reconciliation.
Strengthening Aboriginal communities is part of the government's economic plan that is creating jobs for today and tomorrow. The comprehensive plan and its six priorities focus on Ontario's greatest strengths - its people and strategic partnerships.
- Pic Mobert First Nation has a current land base of 2.86 square kilometres and approximately 937 members. It is located between White River and Marathon in northern Ontario.
- The Land and Larger Land Base framework was signed in 1991 among Canada, Ontario and six northern Ontario First Nations.
- Two final agreements have been completed so far under the Land and Larger Land Base framework: Lake Nipigon Ojibway First Nation (2005) and Sand Point First Nation (2006).
“I am delighted we have reached this significant milestone in the negotiations. Increasing the land base of Pic Mobert First Nation will meet the current and future needs of the community and create new opportunities for the community and its residents.”
“This announcement is exciting news for all members of the Pic Mobert First Nation who have worked so hard to make this a reality. This agreement would expand opportunities within the community and provide the land necessary to meet future needs.”
“The initialling of this agreement is the end of a long and productive negotiation, but also the beginning of an exciting new opportunity for our community to flourish and grow. We are thankful to Ontario and Canada for creating and now concluding this unique process. It will provide us with the land that we so urgently need to build our community, our identity and our future as a people and a nation so that we may take our rightful place in Canada: economically, socially and politically.”
Chief Johanna Desmoulin