On December 1st an important step forward was made between Canada and Lubicon Lake Band. Leaders sat down in Ottawa and signed a Negotiation Framework which is the first step on the path to settling land claim negotiations for Lubicon Lake Band, who is the last of the Treaty 8 isolated communities that were missed by the Treaty Commissioners at the time of Treaty making over 100 years ago.
The Honourable Bernard Valcourt, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, Chief Billy Joe Laboucan, councilors of the Lubicon Lake Band, and MP Chris Warkentin aim to set out processes for addressing the three priority issues in a concurrent fashion with the Negotiation Framework. Their Framework will bring clarity and mutual agreement between the federal and Lubicon negotiators on the nature of the work ahead of them.
The three main priorities that were identified in the Negotiation Framework by Lubicon are:
- the establishment of a reserve pursuant to Treaty
- community construction on the future reserve lands
- resolution of Lubicon’s claims to other treaty-related benefits