March 1, 2022 2:04pm
Saugeen Shores council declared a surplus of approximately 1.7 hectares in Southampton, and are in the process to formally transfer the land to Saugeen Ojibway Nation.
Mayor, Luke Charbonneau, says this is an important step forward as part of the Land Claim Settlement Agreement reached last September.
“Reaching the land settlement agreement with SON was a highlight of 2021,” said Charbonneau. “Each step forward is a significant one on our journey to reconciliation with our neighbours. We look forward to working with SON on further initiatives in coming months.”
The 1.7-hectares of land is located on Turner Street north of the river, and includes a pumping station which will remain in the ownership of the Town.
“Being able to reach a resolution outside of the court process allowed us to come to an agreement that recognizes the Saugeen Ojibway’s connection to our traditional lands, and also the importance of the relationship that we have and will continue to build with Saugeen Shores.” said Chief Lester Anoquot (Saugeen First Nation).
The town also approved financial compensation and a commitment for ongoing municipal support for housing development. Council also acknowledged the need for reconciliation and protection of the Indigenous significance of other lands in the Summerside development that were recently transferred to the Town. In 2022, Saugeen Shores will work with SON to name these lands in the Summerside development and provide a permanent installation to recognize the lands’ significance to the SON community.
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