The Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters (OFAH), the Canadian Sportfishing Industry Association (CSIA) and the Federation of Ontario Cottagers’ Associations (FOCA) will be hosting public information meetings on the Algonquin Land Claim settlement.
“The purpose of these meetings is to let the people who live, work, hunt, fish and recreate in the land claim area know what’s at stake. To date, the government has not provided the public with the opportunity for consultation, which is inexcusable,” said OFAH Executive Director Angelo Lombardo. “Collectively, we feel it is our responsibility to make the public aware of the details of this land claim and how they may be affected.”
The meeting will take place Monday, February 25, 2013 from 7:00pm-9:00pm at the Royal Canadian Legion Stittsville & District Branch 618, located at 1481 Main Street in Stittsville. There will be presentations from the OFAH, CSIA and FOCA and an opportunity for the public to ask questions. No prior registration is required and everyone is encouraged to attend.
“If you enjoy the use of public lands or are impacted by the claim in any way, this meeting will provide you with some background information and prepare you for government sessions in March where you can ask questions and demand answers,” said Lombardo. “The opportunity to hunt, fish, boat, hike, cottage, trap, canoe, camp or ATV in the land claim area is on the line.”
The Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters is Ontario’s largest, nonprofit, fish and wildlife conservation-based organization, representing 100,000 members, subscribers and supporters, and 710 member clubs. To learn more, visitwww.ofah.org.