Awenda Park – Park Intentions

Johnny Hawke
620 Awenda Park Rd
Amik Council Fire
705 529 5653
ojibwayrebel@gmail.com

Beausoleil First Nation
Chief and Council
11 Ogema Miikaan
Christian Island, ON L9M 0A9
705 247 2120

Mike Armstrong
Awenda Park Superintendent
620 Concession 18 East
Tiny On P.O Box 5004, L9M 2G2
705 549 2231

Monday July 8, 2019

Re: Amik Council Fire’s Intentions in Awenda Provincial Park

Aahniin/Greetings
I am writing you today to formally make first contact and summarize the history and
intentions of the Anishinabek Sovereignty Encampments that have reoccupied
traditional territory of the Wendat and Chippewas of Lake Huron and Simcoe that
Ontario’s Awenda Provincial Park has been caring for and managing since 1975.
After the 1600 Beaver Wars between the Haudenosaunee, Wendat, Anishinabek
influenced by European colonists our Confederacy’s developed a series of peace and
alliance treaties through Wampum Belts. These Agreements known as the Dish with
One Spoon, Ojibway Friendship Belt, 1701 Great Peace of Montreal, Western Great
Lakes Confederacy Belt established an alliance and resolved territorial issues among
our Nations where 5 Anishinabek Council Fires were affirmed and acknowledged.
These Council Fires stretch from what is known today as the Credit River to Sault Ste
Marie where this area is one of those Council Fires known as the Amik Council Fire.

The 1795 Penetanguishene Purchase where the British Crown wanted access to
Georgian Bay petitioned 5 Clan Chiefs for use of Penetang Bay for military use. This
Agreement evident through oral history, historical documents and etchings on a large
granite rock located in the park inform that the lands in question including a plot of
land where the current CNCC and Waypoint were lands not to be ceded within Crown
Treaty Number 5.

Three members of Beausoleil First Nation who self identify and assert themselves by
their Clans have been occupying lands in the park have constructed a cabin and
hosted gatherings since 2012 and have not been removed by the Park. The current
encampment that has shut off access to the main entrance of the park is under the
same collective and is working with and taking direction from a Clan Mother, Elizabeth
Brass Elson who is working with 13 other Clan Mothers and a grassroots working
group of Beausoleil First Nation Members.

In Assertion of Anishinabek Title and Jurisdiction through our Clan System the One
Dish One Spoon Treaty, Ojibway Friendship Belt, 1701 Great Peace of Montreal, 1704
Queen Anne’s Constitutional Order regarding Mohegan Tribe vs Connecticut, 1763
Royal Proclamation, 1764 Niagara Covenant Chain Belt declare our intentions of
currently holding ground at our current encampment are to:

– Holding Ground and Creating a Respectable Presence in current Encampment
– Organize Family heads to reestablish Traditional Clan Governance System and Amik
Council Fire

– Provide Educational Workshops, Healing Circles, Gatherings and Ceremonies
– Establishing an immediate Working Relationship with the Park Authorities and
Province

– Taking Steps to develop a Partnership Agreement between the Park, Province and
rightful Title Holders represented by the Amik Council Fire

– Construction of a Cultural Centre/Governance Lodge

– Transferring Title of Lands in question back to Amik Council Fire

– Organizing against Federal Policies and Land Claim Settlements that breach said
Fundamental Nation to Nation Agreements that are extinguishing our Inherit Rights
and Indigenous Title to our Traditional Territories.

We are asking that you respect our space of our current encampments and in the spirit
of such Nation to Nation agreements and reconciliation extend a hand out in peace to
work together to address such historic injustice and our intentions. We have
documentation and research of our position of the lands in question that has the
potential to open up an issue of a much larger scale regarding the validity of such
Pre Confederation Treaties.

Michael Swinwood a well established Lawyer devoted to Indigenous Sovereignty, Title
and Inherit Rights is now representing us and we have support from a growing number
of Indigenous and Settler Communities. We will contact Park Representatives when we
are ready to sit and discuss further steps.

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In the Spirit of a Nation to Nation Relationship,
Kaikaikons, Amik Dodem
(Johnny Hawk)

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