Phillip Edward & Outer Islands Belongs to ALL of us - not Wiikwemkoong First Nations

Phillip Edward & Outer Islands Belongs to ALL of us - not Wiikwemkoong First Nations

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Linda Taylor started this petition to Wiikwemkoong First Nations and

The Phillip Edward and surrounding outer islands area is an important destination for outdoors enthusiasts and nature lovers.  This petition is to ask the Wiikwemkoong and Government negotiators to recognize all stakeholders.  There are many stakeholders to this:  local residents, sports fishermen, kayakers and other self propelled boaters - all of us request the continued ability to land, camp and enjoy this beautiful spot in the no-footprint, respectful manner we have established towards this pristine area.

Until recently, the plan was to turn Phillip Edward Island and the surrounding area into a Park for all to enjoy.  It is even shown on maps as being a future Provincial Park. But, since land that the Wiikwemkoong originally claimed  - in what is the latest of multiple land claims -  was not surrendered by the owner, Phillip Edward and surrounding islands were offered by our government instead.  Here is some reading:  www.saveourislands.ca

This is an important recreational area enjoyed by all Ontarians and people from across Canada and the US.

*** TO BE CLEAR *** We believe this area serves the greatest best use as a park - for use by ALL people.  This beautiful area, enjoyed by people for centuries will be lost to us all, except for the few, through an opaque process favouring the Wiik FN, to the exclusion of  other stakeholders who have not even been consulted. 

We support the rights of ALL to have continued access to this well known paddling destination.   Anything else will be an irreplaceable loss to all of us, who are also stakeholders who have not been consulted in this land transfer.   The negotiators and government have made no effort to proactively contact stakeholders from the paddling community who have specifically used this area for recreation. Also negotiators and government have not been forthcoming in responding to requests. 

  • ** Recreational users now are very ecologically respectful as can be seen by the pristine nature of the islands despite continual use by paddlers near and far **  some of who travel for hundreds of kilometers to enjoy the area.

**** Please sign and distribute this to your network***. Access to pristine wilderness is a precious commodity for all, not just the few. 

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