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Updated: May 3, 2006
On Tuesday May 2nd, negotiators for the Confederacy met with provincial government representatives, accompanied by ex-Ontario Premier David Peterson, who was appointed last week by the provincial government to facilitate negotiations. The two sides met for seven hours. The federal government, the police and the builders were not represented.
David Peterson began by explaining that he had a mandate to try to help restore calm to the area. Peterson said he intended to research:
In response, the Confederacy negotiators put together a list of seven objectives to be discussed in negotiations. Three were classified as "Immediate Objectives":
Four issues were listed as "Short-Term Objectives":
The same parties (Confederacy representatives and Ontario representatives, including David Peterson) met on Wednesday, May 3rd for six hours.
At Wednesday's meeting, a letter from federal Indian Affairs Minister Jim Prentice was hand-delivered appointing Barbara McDougall as the federal negotiator. (Barbara McDougall was a Toronto-based cabinet minister in the Mulroney Government in the 1990s.)
It was also announced that the provincial government will appoint former Brantford MP and former Minister of Indian Affairs Jane Stewart as the provincial negotiator.
A letter from Ontario Community Safety Minister Monte Kwinter was also tabled, saying "I have sent a letter to my federal counterpart where I have specifically stated that I am not asking for military support from the federal government in relation to outstanding matters concerning the Douglas Creek lands in Caledonia."
Further to Objective (#3), which calls for an immediate moratorium halting any development on the Douglas Creek lands, Confederacy representatives tabled four discussion points:
The next meeting of Confederacy and Ontario representatives will take place on Monday, May 8th. The first meeting involving the Confederacy reps, the federal negotiator (Barbara McDougall) and the provincial negotiator (Jane Stewart) is scheduled for Tuesday May 9th.