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Fedeli wants land claim meetings rescheduled

Thursday, February 07, 2013   by: Kate AdamsNipissing MPP Vic Fedeli
News Release

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Nipissing MPP Vic Fedeli is urging planned meetings next month surrounding the Algonquin Land Claim to be rescheduled.



It was recently announced that public meetings designed to allow residents a chance to offer feedback on the proposed land claim are scheduled for March 12 in North Bay and March 13 in Mattawa.



“Those meetings fall right in the middle of March Break week,” said Fedeli, who has sent a letter to land claim negotiators on the matter.



“If you’re trying to limit feedback, or stifle potential dissent, then this is when you schedule the meetings for,” Fedeli continued.



“The negotiators should consider moving the meetings to a different week to allow for the best possible turnout and to give everyone a chance to provide input.”



Fedeli notes he has had productive meetings with Algonquin Chief Clifford Bastien in Mattawa regarding the parcels of land affected by the claim in Nipissing.



“I believe we have a common purpose when it comes to protection of Camp Island. I will continue to push for Camp Island to be excluded from the claim,” said Fedeli.



Further details on the Algonquin Land Claim can be found at: http://www.aboriginalaffairs.gov.on.ca/english/negotiate/algonquin/algonquin.asp

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