Action for Beaver Pond Forest February 2011

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The Beaver Pond
Forest is being clear-cut to build housing. For the Algonquin Nation this is a
sacred place, and many Algonquin First Nations have not been involved in the
necessary consultation process. Please write to the officials listed below and
ask them to halt the destruction of the Beaver Pond Forest, and ensure that proper
consultation takes place. A sample letter follows.

For more
information, see www.ottawasgreatforest.com
and the facebook group I want to save the land North of Beaver Pond Park in
Kanata Ontario.

Dear  

Another portion of the last remaining old growth forest in Southern Ontario,
Beaver Pond Forest (20 minutes from Parliament Hill), is being clear cut to
make room for a new housing development.

KNL Developments and the city of Ottawa have been in consultation with
Algonquins of Ontario (AOO) but AOO does not represent all of the Algonquin
First Nations in the province, notably not Ottawa, Ardoch, Pasapkedjiwanong,
Kapishkawandemin and Kinounchepirini Algonquin First Nations. Therefore
consultation with Indigenous stakeholders is not complete.

Algonquin Elder Grandfather William Commanda has asked the National Capital
Commission and all levels of government to “safeguard this ecologically
and archeologically unique site of the South March Highlands as a potential
heritage site, one of significant indigenous importance.”

Consider future generations and current relationships as you decide what steps
you can take to stop this.

Sincerely,

Recipients:

Michael Chan, Ontario Minister of Culture,mchan.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org

Peter Evans, Executive Assistant to the Deputy
Minister for Culture, Peter.Evans@ontario.ca

Chris Bentley, Ontario Minister of Aboriginal
Affairs, cbentley.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org

Gordon O’Connor, Federal Cabinet Minister and MP for
Kanata, oconng@parl.gc.ca

Norm Sterling (Member of Provincial Parliament), norm.sterling@pc.ola.org or norm.sterlingco@pc.ola.org

Jim Watson, Mayor of Ottawa: Jim.Watson@ottawa.ca

Dalton Mcguinty Premier of Ontario: dmcguinty.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org

And send a copy to us at ajt@cpt.org

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