“There are no real heroes or villains in a story like this,
only people trying to look after their families.”
DREW HAYDEN TAYLOR
Tarragon Theatre is pleased to announce the addition of award-winning Ojibway playwright Drew Hayden Taylor to the 2017/18 season. His play Cottagers and Indians is a commissioned work that takes a sincere and pragmatic look at conflicts between native traditional water usage and property owners up in cottage country who are looking to enjoy an undisturbed summer getaway.
Pigeon Lake residents among those frustrated with noisy harvesting practice.
Rice fields on Pigeon Lake. – Metroland file photo
KAWARTHA LAKES – Waterfront homeowners on Pigeon, Chemong and Buckhorn Lakes say struggles with navigation, along with the noise coming from airboat rice harvesters, have led to “an ongoing nightmare” for too long now.
They’ve convinced the Township of Selwyn to act. Now Kawartha Lakes is getting in on that too.
Full Story from Kawartha Lakes This Week here.
Parks Canada began official consultation with the Williams Treaties First Nations regarding wild rice harvesting in the fall of 2015. To date, we have developed a draft Terms of Reference to govern the consultations. Discussions with the First Nations have been very productive.
Parks Canada is aware that wild rice is present in different areas of the Trent-Severn Waterway, and therefore the scope of these on-going discussions could expand to include other parts of the waterway as necessary. At this time, the lakes being considered include Pigeon Lake, Rice Lake, Chemong Lake, and Buckhorn Lake.
Through consultation with the First Nations, and open dialogue with shoreline property owners and communities, Parks Canada hopes to build a better understanding of the environmental, recreational, and economic impacts of wild rice and its harvest, including the culturally significant and spiritual importance to First Nations. Parks Canada appreciates the on-going support of the Williams Treaties First Nations, the municipalities, federal and provincial partners, the conservation authorities and the shoreline property owners, all of whom are working with us to find a balanced approach to the management of wild rice on the Trent-Severn Waterway.
A series of regular meetings is scheduled with the Williams Treaties First Nations (Wild Rice) Working Group throughout the spring. Current focus is on the environmental aspects of wild rice, and determining if scientific research is required to support the on-going discussions.
NPLRA members may recall that there was a fair bit of media coverage about the Wild Rice situation in Pigeon Lake last summer and fall. Recently, your Board of Directors contacted the Trent-Severn Waterway (Parks Canada) to get more information. Parks Canada got back to us and indicated that they are committed to maintaining up to date information on the Parks Canada Website about the ongoing consultations between Parks Canada and the First Nations regarding Wild Rice, as it becomes available.
If members have any immediate questions or concerns regarding Wild Rice, Parks Canada encourages you to contact them at Ont.Trensevern@pc.gc.ca or to contact Beth McEachern at 705-750-4924.
Parks Canada indicates that they “very much appreciate being able to work with stakeholders such as yourselves in the on-going management of the Trent-Severn Waterway.”