Pic Mobert First Nation (PMFN) is pleased to announce that the final agreement has been signed by all three parties, (PMFN, Ontario and Canada) and we are moving into the implementation phase which will take approximately 2-4 years.
Pic Mobert First Nation Membership Overwhelmingly Approve Land Deal
“On this day we begin to reclaim the lands that are rightfully ours”, said Chief Johanna Desmoulin on announcing the overwhelming support from band members for a proposed land deal with Ontario and Canada.
Chief Johanna Desmoulin stated on the evening of June 21st that over 98% of the participating eligible voters had voted in favour of approving the deal, which will add an additional 16 sq km of lands to the land strapped community of approximately 400 residents. 217 eligible voters casted votes, of which 214 voted “YES”.
The vote, held on National Aboriginal Day, marked a critical milestone in over 23 years of negotiations with Canada and Ontario in a special process known as the Land and Larger Land Base, first approved by Pic Mobert and several other First Nations in 1991.
Chief Desmoulin thanked the Band Membership for their support of the deal, and acknowledged the work of former Chiefs and Councils, staff and advisors who initiated and participated in moving the process over the last two decades.
“This land allows us to create a future for our children”, said Chief Johanna Desmoulin.
For further information, please contact:
Chief Johanna Desmoulin
Theresa Bananish, L.L.B., Director of Lands and Resources