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PROJECT ARCHIVES

THE NSRCF VISION

To reclaim the rightful place of our member communities as land stewards and equal partners within Canada’s constitutional fabric, starting with the Chapleau Crown Game Preserve and spreading elsewhere within the territory as opportunities arise.

THE NSRCF VISION

To reclaim the rightful place of our member communities as land stewards and equal partners within Canada’s constitutional fabric, starting with the Chapleau Crown Game Preserve and spreading elsewhere within the territory as opportunities arise.

THE NSRCF MISSION

The NSRCF Mission supports our Vision by;

  1. Promoting the prosperity of our member First Nations through greater access to natural resources within the territory
  2. Promoting the sustainability of our member First Nations through greater environmental vigilance
  3. Planning for seven generations forward by building on lessons learned over the last seven generations
  4. Advancing a model of regional resource sharing and general cooperation consistent with the traditional concepts of caring and sharing

Chapleau Crown Game Preserve

THE NSRCF MISSION

The NSRCF Mission supports our Vision by;

  1. Promoting the prosperity of our member First Nations through greater access to natural resources within the territory
  2. Promoting the sustainability of our member First Nations through greater environmental vigilance
  3. Planning for seven generations forward by building on lessons learned over the last seven generations
  4. Advancing a model of regional resource sharing and general cooperation consistent with the traditional concepts of caring and sharing

Chapleau Crown Game Preserve

THE NSRCF MANDATE

The NSRCF mandate is based on Aboriginal Natural Law and is guided by the Medicine Wheel and the Sacred Tree of Life through a series of culturally appropriate principles. The vision is to use the Chapleau Crown Game Preserve as a regional blueprint towards balancing our collective land stewardship rights and responsibilities through cooperation and convergence. Cooperation is to be achieved through sponsoring constructive dialogue amongst all those who have a shared interest in the CCGP. Convergence is a modern concept that identifies that it is now time for western science and traditional knowledge to work collaboratively towards better protecting the integrity of Mother Earth.

PROMOTING PROSPERITY AND REGIONAL RESOURCE SHARING

The NSRCF’s central accomplishment is the continuation of the regional reconciliatory agenda through;

  • An ongoing series of cross-cultural awareness building workshops
  • A number of community based centre of excellence development activities
  • Several government to government relationship building meetings;
  • The advancement of a regional traditional knowledge agenda.

THE NSRCF MANDATE

The NSRCF mandate is based on Aboriginal Natural Law and is guided by the Medicine Wheel and the Sacred Tree of Life through a series of culturally appropriate principles. The vision is to use the Chapleau Crown Game Preserve as a regional blueprint towards balancing our collective land stewardship rights and responsibilities through cooperation and convergence. Cooperation is to be achieved through sponsoring constructive dialogue amongst all those who have a shared interest in the CCGP. Convergence is a modern concept that identifies that it is now time for western science and traditional knowledge to work collaboratively towards better protecting the integrity of Mother Earth.

PROMOTING PROSPERITY AND REGIONAL RESOURCE SHARING

The NSRCF’s central accomplishment is the continuation of the regional reconciliatory agenda through;

  • An ongoing series of cross-cultural awareness building workshops
  • A number of community based centre of excellence development activities
  • Several government to government relationship building meetings;
  • The advancement of a regional traditional knowledge agenda.

NSRCF

NSRCF – Bringing Balance through Recognition and Reconciliation Since 2008

The Northeast Superior Regional Chiefs Forum (NSRCF) is comprised of Chiefs from the three First Nations whose members have a shared territorial interest in the Chapleau Crown Game Preserve (CCGP)

The three First Nations of the Forum are:

Chapleau Cree First Nation

Missanabie Cree First Nation

Brunswick House First Nation

PARTNERSHIPS FOR THE FUTURE

The NSRCF is committed to advancing culturally appropriate, solutions –based approaches to reconciling identified First Nation/Crown land issues between our member communities, the Crown, Municipalities, and local natural resource based industries and agencies.

The Forum undertakes a number of activities to enhance our partnerships for the future, including; relationship building, information collection, report development, joint science/traditional knowledge based research, cultural renewal, capacity building and government to government planning sessions.

NSRCF

NSRCF – Bringing Balance through Recognition and Reconciliation Since 2008

The Northeast Superior Regional Chiefs Forum (NSRCF) is comprised of Chiefs from the three First Nations whose members have a shared territorial interest in the Chapleau Crown Game Preserve (CCGP)

The three First Nations of the Forum are:

Chapleau Cree First Nation

Missanabie Cree First Nation

Brunswick House First Nation

PARTNERSHIPS FOR THE FUTURE

The NSRCF is committed to advancing culturally appropriate, solutions –based approaches to reconciling identified First Nation/Crown land issues between our member communities, the Crown, Municipalities, and local natural resource based industries and agencies.

The Forum undertakes a number of activities to enhance our partnerships for the future, including; relationship building, information collection, report development, joint science/traditional knowledge based research, cultural renewal, capacity building and government to government planning sessions.

First Nations Community Profiles

Chapleau Cree First Nation

The Chapleau Cree First Nation is situated on 2560 acres of reserve land, located 5 km southwest of Chapleau. It is the most southerly of all the Ontario Cree First Nations, based on the bottom of the Arctic Watershed. Originally, the Chapleau Cree settlement was located 1 mile east of Chapleau on an area of land connected with the Chapleau and Nebskwashi rivers. The band chose not to settle on this land after the Township of Chapleau built a sewage reservoir 1000 feet from the settlement boundaries of the reserve; Instead, they settled in the town of Chapleau.

In 1989, Chapleau Cree negotiated with the Federal and Provincial governments to set aside lands, so that the Band could establish a permanent community. The negotiations were successful, and since the band has settled in their new community on the Fox Lake Reserve, 32 homes and a senior’s residence have been built.

Missanabie First Nation

The traditional territory of the Missanabie Cree First Nation is centred around Missinaibi Lake, Dog Lake, and Wabatongushi Lake. The Missanabie Cree have occupied this area and have utilized its rich resources to provide for their physical, cultural, economic, and spiritual well-being.

Although recognized as a band, the Missanabie Cree have never been provided reserve land under the terms of Treaty #9. In 1996, under their specific claims policy, Canada finally accepted their treaty land entitlement claim for negotiation. Negotiations are also ongoing with the government of Ontario for a transfer of land, which will eventually be created into a reserve for the use and benefit of the Missanabie Cree.

The Missanabie Cree have established their head office in Sault Ste. Marie, and provide a limited range of programs and services to their membership. While continuing to negotiate toward the establishment of their reserve lands, the Missanabie Cree are also working toward the development of a vibrant, self-sustaining community in their homeland.

Brunswick House First Nation

In the 17th century, the arrival of Europeans in northern Ontario expanded the Ojibway economy to include trapping for the purposes of trade, rather than merely for subsistence. Throughout the fur trade, trading posts became an important identifying feature for many First Nation bands, as often, certain bands became associated with specific trading posts. The group of Ojibway people who primarily traded at the New Brunswick House posts, which were located at Brunswick Lake and Missanabie Lake, became known as the New Brunswick House Band.

In July of 1906, the New Brunswick House Band signed the James Bay Treaty, Treaty No. 9, and a year later an Ontario order in council confirmed a selection of reserve land for the band, surveyed at 17, 280 acres. In 1947, the federal government purchased a section of land from the Ontario government in Mountbatten Township. The New Brunswick House Band moved to its current reserve in 1973, after 642 acres of the Mountbatten land was exchanged for an equivalent area of land near Chapleau.

First Nations Community Profiles

Chapleau Cree First Nation

The Chapleau Cree First Nation is situated on 2560 acres of reserve land, located 5 km southwest of Chapleau. It is the most southerly of all the Ontario Cree First Nations, based on the bottom of the Arctic Watershed.  Originally, the Chapleau Cree settlement was located 1 mile east of Chapleau on an area of land connected with the Chapleau and Nebskwashi rivers. The band chose not to settle on this land after the Township of Chapleau built a sewage reservoir 1000 feet from the settlement boundaries of the reserve; Instead, they settled in the town of Chapleau.

In 1989, Chapleau Cree negotiated with the Federal and Provincial governments to set aside lands, so that the Band could establish a permanent community. The negotiations were successful, and since the band has settled in their new community on the Fox Lake Reserve, 32 homes and a senior’s residence have been built.

Missanabie First Nation

The traditional territory of the Missanabie Cree First Nation is centred around Missinaibi Lake, Dog Lake, and Wabatongushi Lake. The Missanabie Cree have occupied this area and have utilized its rich resources to provide for their physical, cultural, economic, and spiritual well-being.

Although recognized as a band, the Missanabie Cree have never been provided reserve land under the terms of Treaty #9. In 1996, under their specific claims policy, Canada finally accepted their treaty land entitlement claim for negotiation. Negotiations are also ongoing with the government of Ontario for a transfer of land, which will eventually be created into a reserve for the use and benefit of the Missanabie Cree.

The Missanabie Cree have established their head office in Sault Ste. Marie, and provide a limited range of programs and services to their membership. While continuing to negotiate toward the establishment of their reserve lands, the Missanabie Cree are also working toward the development of a vibrant, self-sustaining community in their homeland.

Brunswick House First Nation

In the 17th century, the arrival of uropeans in northern Ontario expanded the Ojibway economy to include trapping for the purposes of trade, rather than merely for subsistence. Throughout the fur trade, trading posts became an important identifying feature for many First Nation bands, as often, certain bands became associated with specific trading posts. The group of Ojibway people who primarily traded at the New Brunswick House posts, which were located at Brunswick Lake and Missanabie Lake, became known as the New Brunswick House Band.

In July of 1906, the New Brunswick House Band signed the James Bay Treaty, Treaty No. 9, and a year later an Ontario order in council confirmed a selection of reserve land for the band, surveyed at 17, 280 acres. In 1947, the federal government purchased a section of land from the Ontario government in Mountbatten Township. The New Brunswick House Band moved to its current reserve in 1973, after 642 acres of the Mountbatten land was exchanged for an equivalent area of land near Chapleau.

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