The Unifor Local 567 Executive Board stands in solidarity with our brothers and sisters of the nine Algonquin nation communities who oppose the proposed development of the Akikodjiwan (Chaudiére Falls) area by Windmill Developments and Hydro Ottawa.
The Akikodjiwan development has been identified by the 43 constituent First Nations of the Assembly of First Nations of Quebec-Labrador as being in violation of the right to the protection of historical sites recognized by both the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the Truth and Reconciliation Committee.
We have called on the governments of Canada, Ontario, Quebec, Ottawa, Gatineau and the National Capital Commission to:
- Consult with the Algonquin communities who form the Algonquin Nation regarding the changes to the status of the lands and islands within Akikodjiwan;
- Reverse the rezoning of Akikodjiwan from parks and open space to mixed use due to the failure to consult and accommodate the Algonquin communities who form the Algonquin Nation; and,
- Return any privately held lands within Akikodjiwan to an Algonquin controlled institution and to support the establishment of the Algonquin Nation Cultural Park and Historic Commemoration Site.
Our members live and work on unceded Algonquin territory. We support substantive and active steps towards the decolonization of these lands and call upon our governments to do the same.