February 8, 2016
At a recent General Membership Meeting, CUPE 4600, a local that represents over 2500 Teaching Assistants (TAs) and Contract Instructors (CIs) at Carleton University, overwhelmingly supported a motion to oppose the Windmill Developments/Dream Corporation and Hydro Ottawa projects at Akikodjiwan (the Chaudière Falls and surrounding area). We support the November 19th, 2015 resolution of the Assembly of First Nations of Quebec-Labrador, representing 43 First Nations communities including nine Algonquin nation communities (attached below), calling for Algonquin nation stewardship and control of this sacred Algonquin area.
CUPE 4600 strives to recognize the unceded and unsurrendered status of these lands on which we live, work, and study, and actively to address historical oppression that continues into the current day. We oppose further colonization of Algonquin communities and lands, and have previously pledged to take substantive and active steps towards decolonization in these lands.
CUPE4600 opposes the privatization and corporatization of Indigenous lands, places of public significance, and community spaces. We are also opposed to the decrease of democratic input into economic decision making and planning so that developers can enrich themselves at public expense, and so energy companies (both government-owned and private sector) can further degrade the environment without public scrutiny.
We therefore join a growing coalition of labour unions, student associations, and community groups forming to oppose the plans of Windmill/Dream and Energy Ottawa for the Akikodjiwan sacred area in solidarity with Algonquin First Nations. We have committed both time and resources going forward to endorse and support the campaign to return these extremely significant lands to Algonquin nation control.
The demands of the Assembly of First Nations of Quebec-Labrador, representing 43 First Nations community including nine Algonquin nation communities, of November 19th, 2015 in opposition to the development of Akikodjiwan by Windmill/Dream corporations and Hydro Ottawa:
“THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the AFNQL Chiefs-in-Assembly:
Call upon the governments of Canada, Quebec, Ontario, the National Capital Commission and the municipalities of Gatineau and Ottawa to immediately consult the Algonquin communities who form the Algonquin Nation regarding changes to the status of lands and islands within the Algonquin sacred area Akikodjiwan; and
Oppose the re-zoning of the sacred area Akikodjiwan (Gatineau Waterfront in Quebec and Chaudière, Albert and Victoria islands in Ontario) from parks and open space to mixed use due to the failure to consult and accommodate the Algonquin communities who form the Algonquin Nation; and
the Algonquin Nation in their opposition to the Windmill Development Groups’s Zibi Project proceeding within the Algonquin sacred area Akikokjiwan unless and until the free, prior and informed consent of the Algonquin Nation is given;
Support the Algonquin Nation in their demand for the Algonquin sacred area Akikodjiwan to be returned to the Algonquin Nation and controlled by an Algonquin controlled institution to be established by the legitimate Algonquin communities who form Algonquin Nation; and
Support the Algonquin Nation in their demand for the governments of Canada, Ontario, Quebec, Ottawa and Gatineau to purchase any lands privately held within the Algonquin sacred area Akikodjiwan and return those lands to an Algonquin controlled institution to be established by the legitimate Algonquin First nations comprising the Algonquin Nation; and
Call on the governments of Canada, Quebec, Ontario, the National Capital Commission and the municipalities of Gatineau and Ottawa to immediately contact the duly elected Algonquin Chiefs and Councils forming the Algonquin Nation to discuss the establishment of the proposed Algonquin Nation Cultural Park and Historic Commemoration Site to be established on part of the Akikodjiwan under an Algonquin controlled institution to be established by the legitimate Algonquin Communities who form the Algonquin Nations”