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July 5, 2018

Mushkegowuk Council acknowledges and celebrates with Missanabie Cree Ininiwuk in their achievement

Moose Factory (July 5, 2018): Through perseverence, hard work and honoring the Real 1905-1906 Treaty No. 9 Agreement with Canada and Ontario, the Missanabie Cree have successfully re-secured 3,82,282 hectares of their ancestral lands on June 30, 2018. The negotiated land agreement entitlement [reserve status and benefits] with Canada includes entitlement to mining and mineral rights which will provide greater economic opportunities and bring the Missanabie Cree back home.

During the making of James Bay Treaty-Treaty No. 9 in 1905-1906, the Cree people did not give up their land, they agreed to share it. The Commissioners' diaries confirm what our Elders have always said and understood about the Treaty: that we never gave up our land! The oral promises directly contradict the "taken up clause" in the written Treaty document, which is used by government to take our land. Based on these oral promises, the Real Treaty means that our consent is required before any projects, development or government activity can occur in our Homelands.

In acknowledging and honoring the Missanabie Cree Ininiwuk on their "successful hostoric achievement", Grand Chief Jonathan Solomon says; "they have and always will be spiritually connected to their ancestral lands, their traditional lands are very sacred to them. They worked very hard and long for this historic time in their lives. Now they can move back "home" to build their community and be a proud and strong nation again. Chief Gauthier, including all his predecessors (Chiefs, Councilors and citizens) that worked very hard on this major achievement need to be highly praised and celebrated." We can celebrate with the Missanabie Cree Ininiwuk, Welcome Home!

If you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact GC Solomon through his email at mushkegowuk%23ca|grandchief or by calling 705-658-4222

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