Supporters of the Robinson Huron Treaty are delivering a petition to MPP Vic Fedeli’s North Bay constituency office on Friday.
The group says it comes on the same day that the Court of Appeal will render its decision on the province’s appeals of the Stage 1 and 2 Robinson Huron Annuities case.
Liz Carlson-Manathara, Assistant Professor in the School of Social Work at Laurentian University and one of the petition authors, says she was moved to act after the province appealed the annuities case.
“I was so frustrated to hear what Ontario was doing on my behalf, in my name, as a non-Indigenous person living on the Robinson Huron Treaty of 1850 lands on Anishinaabe Territory that I really felt I needed to do something,” she says.
She and a group of students crafted the petition.
It calls on Ontario to become a more honourable Treaty partner and to seek a negotiation mandate in the Robinson Huron Annuities case.
“We’re asking Ontario to come to the table, to negotiate, to settle, to work in cooperation for an honourable outcome for our treaty,” says Carlson-Manathara.
She points out the petition has garnered over 5000 signatures from across Canada, the United States and other countries too.
“This is truly a situation where Ontarians are watching, people from the (United) States are watching, but the world is really watching what Ontario is doing by appealing these cases,” Carlson Manathara adds.
In a release, supporters say the delivery of the petition to MPP Fedeli, Ontario’s Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade marks the end of Treaties Recognition Week and underscores the economic benefits that come with the settlement of the Annuities case.
The petition will be delivered at 4 pm Friday.