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December 20, 2023
TORONTO – NEWS – The Chiefs of Ontario have released the following statement ahead of the 2023 holiday break:
As we wrap up 2023 and head into the holiday break, the Chiefs of Ontario are sharing their wish list for 2024. Our biggest hope is that 2024 brings long-awaited truths to light regarding unfounded rights assertions and claims to First Nations Ancestral and Treaty territories.
The Chiefs of Ontario call on:
Through this transparent process, our hope is that, based on evidence, research reports and expert advice, the MNC learns what First Nations have long known – that the MNO is making unfounded claims to land and rights, including the assertion of the existence of the so-called “new historic Métis communities” in Ontario, and section 35 rights, including harvesting rights, in First Nations Ancestral and Treaty territories which fall outside of the Historic Métis Nation Homeland.