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SIGNING OF AN AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE ALGONQUINS OF BARRIERE LAKE AND THE GOVERNMENT OF QUÉBEC CONCERNING THE USE OF NATURAL RESOURCES AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

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LAC-RAPIDE, August 4, 1998 - Mr. Guy Chevrette, Minister of Natural Resources and Minister responsible for Aboriginal Affairs, and Mr. Harry Wawatie, Chief of the Algonquins of Barriere Lake, also known as Mitchikanibikok Inik, are pleased to announce the signing of an agreement on the continuation of the work of the Trilateral Agreement.

The purpose of this agreement is to complete the work associated with the preparation of a draft integrated resource management plan and to initiate new negotiations on key files relating to the development of the Barriere Lake community, in particular the development of lands that will be used to meet community housing and infrastructure needs, according to a general plan tabled with the Government of Québec. With this goal in mind, Chief Harry Wawatie announced that Mr. Michel Gratton, former MNA for the riding of Gatineau from 1972 to 1989 will act as special representative of the Algonquins in these negotiations.

The initiative ensuing from this agreement makes it possible to pursue two objectives: to reconcile the different uses of the natural resources on the territory described in the 1991 Trilateral Agreement and to improve the socioeconomic situation of the Algonquins of Barriere Lake.

This new agreement testifies to the spirit of cooperation that the Government of Québec would like to consolidate with the aboriginal communities, while respecting their identity and taking into account their aspirations. This agreement is in line with the implementation of the orientation document of the Government of Québec on aboriginal affairs, entitled Partnership, Development, Achievement.

Mr. Guy Chevrette, Minister of Natural Resources and Minister responsible for Aboriginal Affairs, stated the following before the members of the community, at Lac-Rapide: "I am pleased that this agreement has been reached as we are now entering a new phase in the participation by the Algonquins of Barriere Lake in the management of natural resources and the promotion of sustainable development."

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Shirley Bishop
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