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Saugeen Shores and Saugeen Ojibway Nation Achieve Agreement on North End Project
 

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The Saugeen Ojibway Nation (SON) and the Town of Saugeen Shores (TSS) have been in negotiations for an Agreement with the goal of achieving the following objectives: 
  1. To establish processes and mechanisms that ensure appropriate and adequate consultation with SON regarding the planning approval, development, operation and maintenance of the proposed sanitary sewer project to be constructed on the north side of the Saugeen River.
  1. To promote reconciliation by establishing a cooperative and mutually beneficial working relationship between SON and TSS with respect to this project.
  1. To mitigate potential adverse effects of this project for all parties.

The Southampton North End Project involves installation of sanitary sewers, storm sewers, watermains, services, roads, curb & gutter, sidewalks and trails in the former Town of Southampton north of the Saugeen River. The project also includes a sanitary forcemain under the Saugeen River to the Southampton Waste Water Treatment Plant. 

This project may affect some lands which SON claims are part of its land claim in the area, as well as burial and archaeological resources and fishing rights. 

A negotiated agreement has been finalized and endorsed by the Joint Council of the Saugeen Ojibway Nation and the Town of Saugeen Shores that respects the inherent rights of all parties that is protected by the Constitution. Mayor Mike Smith was pleased the document was approved by Saugeen Shores Council at their meeting held Monday March 15th. “This will let us move forward in a timely way on this important project with the support of our First Nations neighbours.” he said.  

Chief Ralph Akiwenzie of the Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation advises that the discussions with the Town have been productive. “I believe we are on the right path with this agreement which addresses our concerns prior to the project moving forward.” 

This sentiment was echoed by Chief Randall Kahgee of Saugeen First Nation who indicated “We try to treat our neighbours with respect, but like everyone else expect our neighbours to respect us as well.” 

For further information on the project please contact Chief Ralph Akiwenzie of the Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation at 519-534-1689 or Dave Burnside, Town of Saugeen Shores, Director of Engineering Services at 519-832-2008 ext 123 

 

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Tuesday, March 16, 2010