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Look at our aloneness
We know that in all Creation
Only the human family
Has strayed from the Oneness of the Sacred Way.
We know that we are the ones who must come together
To walk in the Sacred Way once more.
Creator Father, Sacred One,
Teach us love, pride, honour and respect,
That we may heal the Earth and each other.
Chi Megweetch

Through open information sessions, Leaders of the Algonquin people have been turning to you for direction over the last nine years. I personally have found these meeting frustrating, rewarding and sometimes overwhelming. I have listen carefully to the voices of the Algonquin people who attended these meeting and with their voices ringing clearly in my ears, I have had the strength to work through the many difficult issues that have haunted the Leadership over the-last 23 years.

Through an open transparent election process our 4th. Algonquin Negotiation Representative (ANR) table of elected Chiefs is in place. These ANRs encompass inclusive representation for the Algonquin people and together we are about to embark on a new phase of Negotiations. The Agreement in Principal (AIP) was rolled out in December of 2013 for input from the Algonquin people and the Settlers. I am looking forward to the next several month of meeting with you to continue moving forward toward a vote on the AIP at some point in 2014.

During this time you need to continue to focus on genealogical research and refrain from allowing the politics that will unfold in front of you to be a distraction. This is not to say that these matters of our Land Claim are insignificant. A thousand acres of Land is not a Nation without a citizen to walk its soil. If the Algonquin Nation is to move forward as a unified body it must be defined with recognized Algonquin's having equal rights.

No doubt Canada and Ontario know who they are, and their citizens enjoy the same rights throughout the land. A man in British Columbia who says I am Canadian has the same meaning as a man in Ontario who says he is Canadian. The Algonquin Nation must recognize all of its citizens as equal. They must be able to stand shoulder to shoulder and say I am an Algonquin. They must not stand and say I am non-status, I am status, I am off reserve or I am reserve. They must all be equal citizens of the Algonquin Nation.

Chief Doreen Davis

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