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Algonquin Land Claim

This issue affects many of our members in Eastern Ontario.

Click the video below to hear FOCA's Executive Director, Terry Rees, speak on the issue of the Algonquin Land Claim:

FOCA Algonquin Land Claim webcast

For more on this subject, and the full video of the presentations by OFAH and CSIA and FOCA, visit:

Algonquin Land Claim Map at Dec2012

Note: This map is illustrative only. Do not rely on it as being a precise indicator of routes, locations of features nor as a guide to navigation.

Algonquin Land Claim Backgrounder March 2013

Algonquin communities are located in the general vicinity of: Ardoch, Bancroft, Golden Lake, Mattawa, North Bay, Ottawa, Sharbot Lake and Whitney.

The Algonquin land claim covers a significant area of 36,000 square kilometres or 8.9 million acres within the Ottawa and Mattawa River watersheds.

Approximately 59 per cent of the claim area is privately held patented land, 21 per cent is within Algonquin Park, 16 per cent is provincial Crown lands, and four per cent is federal Crown land. More than a million people reside and work within the claim territory.

The settlement under negotiation may ultimately lead to new economic or land development initiatives, revised approaches to fishing and hunting, and other matters impacting waterfront property owners and adjacent lands.

Click here to link to the Ontario Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs online pages about the Algonquin Land Claim.

News Items:

Nov.2013: see the Winter edition of Cottage Life Magazine for John Lorinc's article about the Algonquin Land Claim, "Into uncharted territory," (pp.39-42) including insight from FOCA on the topic.

Sept. 10 -Lake residents want to work with Algonquins on a healthy Trout Lake fishery (North Bay Nugget)

August 28/13 - list of association consultations/meetings re: ALC

August 8/13 - letter from FOCA to MPs/MPPs regarding the need for true consultation on the Land Claim - read FOCA's letter (and use the contact links there to send your own letter)

Township of North Frontenac special meeting on the Algonquin Land Claim. August 30, 2013, Plevna.

August 2013 - FOCA was copied on a reply from MPP Randy Hillier's office responding to a constituent enquiry on this subject. Read the letter, which emphasizes the importance of sending your concerns NOW, directly to the attention of the negotiating team.

Lake Association Resolution regarding the Algonquin Land Claim (courtesy of Lake Weslemkoon Conservation Association)

July 30, 2013 - FOCA was copied on a letter from a group of private landowners pursuing concerns about the Draft AIP. Read the letter... Other concerned landowners can connect to this group by email at:

Lake Association Resolution regarding the Algonquin Land Claim (courtesy of Lake Clear POA

June 25, 2013 - Algonquins propose 46-lot subdivision in Mattawa River Provincial Park (North Bay Nugget)

June 19, 2013 - FOCA receives an unsolicited letter and fact sheet for landowners, from Ontario's Chief Negotiator. Note that the use of designated lands are described as "varied and evolving", and subject to municipal zoning. Interested property owners are encouraged to contact their local municipality to find out more about proposed uses that may impact them.

May 28, 2013 - read about recent forums with the chief negotiator for municipal, provincial & federal officials in Eganville, North Bay and Perth. Interesting comments quoted in this article...

April 13, 2013 - South Algonquin Township passes a resolution  asserting the need for all levels of Government, both Federal and Provincial, to involve municipalities in the negotiating process of the Agreement in Principle including land selection and taxation, to ensure that a fair & workable treaty, for the respective benefits of both native and non-natives within municipalities in the Algonquin Land Claim area are met.

March 25, 2013 - FOCA is quoted in this Law Times article, "Cottagers miffed at lack of consultation on massive land deal." Read the article...

Confused about the Land Selection process? Click here.

Use this form to record information about any parcels you're concerned about.

ALC Stittsville meeting Feb25 2013

March, 2013

FOCA co-hosted public meetings to discuss the implications of the Land Claim Agreement in Principle, with many cottage association members in attendance.
Bancroft - March 6
Perth - February 22
Stittsville - February 25
North Bay - February 27
- February 28

Watch this VIDEO of FOCA's Presentation in North Bay

Media Report from Pembroke meeting (Feb 28)

Media Report from North Bay Meeting (Feb 27) 

CBC TV Report from Stittsville (Feb 25)

ALC North Bay meeting Feb 27 2013

Find out more about the Algonquin Land Claim:

Public Meetings

Public information sessions about the Algonquin Land Claim were held at several locations as shown below.

Ottawa: Wed. March 6, 2013, at Tudor Hall
Perth: Thurs. March 7, 2013, at Perth Lions’ Hall
Kingston: Fri. March 8, 2013, at TraveLodge Hotel LaSalle
North Bay: Tues. March 12, 2013, at Best Western North Bay Hotel & Conference Centre
Mattawa: Wed. March 13, 2013, at Mike Rodden Arena & Community Centre
Pembroke: Thurs. March 14, 2013, at Best Western Pembroke Inn & Conference Centre
Bancroft: Fri. March 15, 2013, at Faraday Community Centre
Toronto: Sat. March 16, 2013, at Radisson Toronto East

December 2012
LAND CLAIM UPDATE: After many years of negotiations, the parties have just released the “Preliminary Draft Comprehensive Land Claim Agreement-in-Principle" for public review.

This includes proposed terms, and maps related to the Land Claim.

Note that a series of public consultations are planned for early 2013. FOCA will be publishing notice of these meetings, as information becomes available.
August 2012
In late July, FOCA had an initial meeting with the Claims Negotiation unit of the Ministry of Natural Resources. FOCA has also liaised with Al Stewart, Chair of the Stakeholder Committee.
MNR has reiterated that public consultation will happen once the Agreement in Principle (AIP) has been released. Map boundaries are to be considered tentative until further notice.
On behalf of our members, FOCA restated the need for public consultation as soon as possible. We have been promised more information on timelines for the entire process, and particularly for public consultation, "by September."
July 2012
The interests of waterfront property owners in Eastern Ontario will be impacted by the terms being negotiated as part of the Algonquin Land Claim.

FOCA strongly believes that consideration of the potential impacts on private landowners should be a priority for everyone at the negotiating table.

FOCA has provided a written comment to this effect, and we encourage all landowners with an interest in this matter to likewise indicate your interest in this important matter.

See FOCA's written comment (link above) for a list of possible contacts on the final page, or send to:

Ontario Information Centre
Algonquin Land Claim
31 Riverside Drive
Pembroke, ON K8A 8R6

Phone: (613) 732-8081
Fax: (613) 732-7136

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