OTTAWA, ONTARIO (June 10, 2011) –The Honourable John Duncan, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, announced today the appointment of Dr. Ron Doering as Chief Federal Negotiator in the ongoing land claim negotiations with the Algonquins of Ontario.
“I am very pleased that Dr. Doering has accepted this opportunity,” said Minister Duncan. “His extensive experience and knowledge of Aboriginal law and policy will be a definite asset as we continue to work with partners to find a win-win solution to settle this claim.”
The Algonquins of Ontario have an outstanding land claim in eastern Ontario. Canada, Ontario and the Algonquins of Ontario are working together to resolve the claim through a negotiated settlement that will take the form of a modern-day treaty. At present, negotiators for the parties are working toward an Agreement-in-Principle.
The Government of Canada is committed to working with its partners to achieve a just and equitable settlement of this longstanding claim. Privately owned land is not expropriated or taken away from third parties to settle any land claims. Consultations with interested parties will continue throughout the negotiation process and the public will be kept informed on the progress of the negotiations.
Settling outstanding land claims through negotiated agreements is key to achieving reconciliation and rebuilding relationships with First Nation people in Canada.
Office of the Honourable John Duncan