To: Lac des Mille Lacs First Nation Band Members
From: Chief and Council
Date: February 16, 2017
Your Chief and Council are very pleased to announce that after ongoing and intensified efforts over the past few months, the Settlement Agreement was initialed in Toronto, by all three Negotiators on Friday February 10, 2017. The First Nation is now able to provide its membership the opportunity to go to a Referendum vote regarding its Flooding Claim – I.R. 22A1.
“We are delighted to finally be in the position to move towards our community Referendum. After years of dedicated effort and hard work, it is a tremendous achievement to be able to provide our people with this Settlement Agreement,” said Chief White Cloud. “While no amount of money can ever adequately compensate our families for what we have been through, we do believe that this Settlement Agreement reflects a fair and acceptable offer and will, hopefully, provide some healing and comfort to our community members.”
All Registered Band Members 18 years of age or older will be mailed (via registered mail) a Referendum package by INAC’s Electoral Officer on Monday February 20, 2017. Please ensure that you contact Honey Chicago at the Band office to ensure that the Band has your correct mailing address.
All details of the Settlement Agreement will be included in this package, along with your Referendum ballot. Registered LDMLFN Band Members are invited to attend an Information Meeting, which will be held on Wednesday March 8, 2017 at the Airlane Hotel (Madrid Room) from 6:00 - 8:30 p.m. Please note that due to the confidential nature of the Flood Claim process, only registered LDMLFN Band Members will be allowed in the meeting room. Members of our Negotiations Team will be present to answer any questions you may have about the documents you receive in the Referendum package.
The Referendum vote date is scheduled for Wednesday April 5, 2017. All those receiving the package may mail-in their ballot prior to this date (more detailed instructions will be included in your package). Those who wish to vote in-person may do so on this date, between the hours of 9:00 a.m.to 8:00 p.m. at the following location: Fort William First Nation Gym Building- Number 2, 200 Mission Road, Fort William First Nation. Please note that the Referendum Regulations differ from our Custom Code Regulations, and it is of the utmost importance that those voting follow the instructions set out for them.
Chief and Council have also developed the enclosed FAQ Flood Claim document (click here: http://lacdesmillelacsfirstnation.ca/news/view/flood-claim-frequently-asked-questions )to address any questions you may have. This document was based on questions that have already been posed to the First Nation, with the objective being to provide clear answers to these questions.
We would like to say Chi Miigwetch to all of our families for their ongoing patience and support as we move forward with the Referendum process and hopefully closure in this chapter of our history.
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