The Temagami First Nation is located on Bear Island in the heart of Lake Temagami. The island is the second largest in Lake Temagami after Temagami Island. Its community is known as Bear Island 1. Temagami First Nation (TFN) members are status Indians under the Indian Act that live on and off Bear Island.
The Teme-Augama Anishnabai have utilized the Temagami region for over 9,000 years. Lake Temagami was free of glacial ice at about 12,150 cal B.P. There is scientific evidence that the Three Pines site, located at Sand Point on the hub of Lake Temagami near Bear Island, could have been occupied after 7,500 B.P
The Teme-Augama Anishnabai built homes on Bear Island in the 1880s in addition to homes on their own family lands. In 1943, Bear Island was purchased by the Department of Indian Affairs from the Province of Ontario, for the sum of $3,000.00, in order to be designated as a permanent reserve.
The Teme-Augama Anishnabai refused to accept Bear Island as a reserve until they were denied housing subsidy funds in 1968 until it was agreed, under duress, that Bear Island would become an official Reserve in accordance with the Indian Act of Canada.
Official reserve status was granted in 1971 and the establishment of the Band Office occurred shortly after in the former Department of Lands and Forests building which had been constructed in approximately 1903.
In 1973, Chief Gary Potts of the Temagami Indian Band registered a land caution against The Crown, in Ontario, to stop development on the traditional territory of 10,000 square kilometres, which had been appropriated as Crown land. The Attorney-General of Ontario pursued legal action against the Band for this caution. While the Teme-Augama Anishnabai lost this court case in 1984, the Band proceeded with an appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada where in 1991 it was adjudicated that the Crown had breached its fiduciary obligations to the Teme-Augama Anishnabai and adhered the Band to the 1850 Robinson Huron Treaty.
In 1988, the Ontario Minister of Natural Resources, Vince Kerrio, approved the expansion of the Red Squirrel logging road, directly through disputed territory. This prompted a series of roadblocks by the TAA in 1988-1989. Environmentalists and allies provided strong and continued public support.
In (Attorney General) v. Bear Island Foundation, [1984 ] , Ontario Court of Appeal 1989, Supreme Court of Canada 1991 there are major issues of Fraud.
The Union of Ontario Indians in this case intervened on behalf the Teme-Augama Anishnabai in doing so helped extinguish Teme-Augama Anishnabai Indigenous Title to their Territory.
This Case also justified the use of the Doctrine of Discovery. The Lawyers for the UOI and Teme-Augama Anishnabai did not include known evidence to back up their arguments such as Mohegan Indians v. Connecticut Order in Council (U.K) OF MARCH 1704, 1740, 1773 which orders any land disputes to be settled in a third party judiciary where Canada is not in a Conflict of Interest. A Constitutional Challenge was also not a position taken in this case in which Canada has no Constitution.
This Case set a precedent and is being used across Canada to extinguish Indigenous Title to other Territories of other Nations. This Case needs to be adressed for its major issues of Fraud. All those involved in this case on both sides are guilty of Fraud, Misprison of Treason and Complicity of Genocide via Constitutional and International law.
PAUL WILLIAMS was a Lawyer for the Union of Ontario Indians. This is a Magazine started in the 1980’s that he would write. In this magazine he wrote about Queen Anne’s Order in Council an Imperial Statute that requires any land disputes with Settler Govt and Indigenous need to be settled in an impartial third party judiciary. He knew this yet was a Lawyer for the UOI who was an intervener for the Bear Island Case where this case set a precedent to use Doctrine of Discovery despite this Rule of Law and is currently being used to extinguish Indigenous Lands, Title and Jurisdiction. He knew this Imperial Statute and was clearly writing about it but did not assert it in Bear Island Case. Lawyers for Chief Orgs such as the UOI are sellouts and not upholding the laws. What good is being educated in their system if you all SELLOUT?
Today the Union of Ontario Indians’ Restoration of Jurisdiction, it’s proposed Constitution, the Anishinabek Education System and individual Band Constitutions and First Nations Lands Management Act all fall under Canada’s Self Government Policy that further extinguishes our Inherent Rights, Title and Jurisdiction; demoting us as a 4th Level Government under Federal and Provincial jurisdiction under their fraudulent BNA Act/Constitution Act. Canada’s Bill C86 passed in December 2018 where for any issues that need community consent it is 25%+1 that means 5 people show up at a band meeting to vote on issues 3 ppl can decide or extinguish all and our future generations inherit rights
The Union of Ontario Indians is an Indian Act political organization representing 40 “First Nations” under Canada’s illegal Indian Act. The Union of Ontario Indians claims to be a secretariat for the “Anishinabek” Nation in which is incorporated under another Nations Law.