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Joint Press Release
Algonquins of Pikwakanagan, Algonquin Anishinabeg Nation Tribal Council and Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg
The Algonquins of Pikwakanagan, Algonquin Anishinabeg Nation Tribal Council and Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg do not support the Truckers Convoy and the Confederation Park setup on the Algonquin Nation Lands/Territory.
For greater certainty, this Joint Press Release from the Algonquins of Pikwakanagan, Algonquin Anishinabeg Nation Tribal Council and Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg is to inform other Indigenous Nations, the public, corporations, the government of Canada, Ontario and their respective municipalities that the following Chiefs listed here do not support what is happening on our Traditional Unceded Territory.
The actions that are taking place on our Territory (Ottawa, ON) are unacceptable. For those who are participating in these actions, the Algonquin Nation does not support the setup of a teepee, the pipe ceremony and a sacred fire in Confederation Park in support of the “Freedom Convoy.” The Algonquin Nation did not give consent for these ceremonial practices and could cause more harm to who we are as First Nation/Algonquin people. First Nations and Non-Indigenous people should always remember protocol and that permission from us is needed to proceed.
This letter is to serve notice that the Algonquin Nation does not support or endorse these actions in Confederation Park. If these actions continue, we have no other choice but to support the Ottawa Police in their efforts and actions to stop this at once.
Once again, we do not support the freedom convoy or any other movement that compromises the safety of our community members.
– Chief Wendy Jocko, Algonquins of Pikwakanagan
– Acting Grand Chief Savanna Mcgregor, Algonquin Anishinabeg Nation Tribal Council
– Chief Dylan Whiteduck, Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg
(TML Daily, posted February 3, 2022)