Loss of Georgian Bay
The Ontario government is misleading the public into believing that it must give substitute islands in Georgian Bay to Wiikwemkoong Band, islands that tens of thousands of Ontarians have used for generations. Ministry of Indigenous Affairs confirmed that it will give Ontario crown land to promote economic, cultural and community development for natives disguised as a valid land claim. Land claims are no longer just about treaties and there is no accountability to the public. Kayakers, canoers and boaters will be denied access to most of northern Georgian Bay shoreline from Killarney to French River. Taking thousands of islands worth over $1,000,000,000 from public use and giving them to natives with no connection to these islands is not fair nor just. The fact that non-natives, not the Wiikwemkoong, have used these islands for many generations is being ignored by the government.Blockade of river
Past blockades of rail lines show that governments are unable to remove them in a timely manner to allow the public access. Blockages of water ways are also possible and Ontario is creating a dangerous situation by giving away control of northern Georgian Bay. The Beaverstone River was blocked in 2016 preventing canoers and kayakers access to this river which passes through Wiikwemkoong’s Point Grondine reserve.
Governments must show leadership and Minister Rickford is looking the other way.
How is it possible that a claim for land to build fishing huts on 41 islands can expand to thousands of kilometers of Georgian Bay shoreline and tens of thousands of islands encompassing much of Georgian Bay? This is the second land claim by Wiikwemkoong, (aka Wikwemikong) the first one being settled in 1995 with Wikwemikong receiving $13,900,000 of Canadian taxpayers’ money and a tripling of their Point Grondine ceded reserve. The value of the land was not disclosed to the public.
Ontario has withheld vital information pertaining to this current "give-a-way" but many of these documents have been obtained from other sources and are available for download under the "Documents" tab. For example, the 1896 Toma map of the 41 islands referenced in the claim does not include Philip Edward or George Island.
Even more disturbing is the discovery of an earlier map from National Archives. This 1876 map shows the indigenous fishing area of Wikwemikong to be smaller than the later Toma map. The map shows fishing between Fitzwilliam Island and Manitoulin but not around Fitzwilliam Island. It does not show Philip Edward Island or any of the surrounding islands near Killarney Park, and it does not show George Island in Killarney. The government is relying on an altered map to mislead the public.