Friendship Accord formalizes region’s development relationship

Wednesday, November 6th, 2019 10:16am


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Association of Iroquois and Allied Indians Grand Chief Joel Abram, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario Elizabeth Dowdeswell, and Hiawatha First Nation Chief Laurie Carr.

The ‘how we are friends’ accord, signed by Hiawatha First Nation, Curve Lake First Nation, Selwyn Township, Otonabee South-Monaghan, the County of Peterborough and Peterborough & The Kawarthas Economic Development, formalizes the relationship of the parties.

The accord, known as ‘Ezhi-Wiijikiwendiyang’, which translates roughly to ‘how we are friends’, allows for joint planning in the development of the Ontario region, and includes a reiteration of the duty to consult.

The document was signed at the Lang Pioneer Village on Treaty 20 in Anishinaabeg territory on Nov. 2.

“This accord will enable us to work together in the spirit of unity, co-operation, and build a partnership to help each other while still respecting Mother Earth and the waters,” said Hiawatha First Nation Chief Laurie Carr.

Grand Chief Joel Abram was in attendance, as was the lieutenant governor of Ontario, Elizabeth Dowdeswell, who served as a witness.