Letter to the Editor, Thunder Bay Chronicle-Journal

Editor:

I agree with Dr. Greene’s comment yesterday that ownership should consist of more than just “squatter’s rights”. But this gentleman lacks perspective.
The Crown, on behalf of the squatters and settlers, needs to ensure that sharing natural resources and revenue generated from First Nations land are obtained by its original owners. This concept of sharing is explicit in First Nations’ understanding of the treaties.
Unfortunately, “entitlement and victimhood” are more than just concepts or catch phrases from armchair critics, well-off Doctors or people with fancy initials beside their names. The rampant poverty, social issues and shameful living conditions are very real and can only be mitigated with new resources, social investment, and economic development.
Resource revenue sharing is a good step toward involving First Nations in the Northern Ontario economy and improving the lives and future of all Anishinabe people.

Bob Goulais
Anishinabek Nation

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