The Algonquin Land Claim Agreement-in-Principle has been approved by the ten
Algonquin bands involved, including the Shabot Obaadjuan Band. It is hoped that
negotiations, including public and stakeholder consultations will be completed in five
years. There will then be over 200 parcels of land, approximately 175,000 acres, to
be transferred to Algonquin ownership, piecemeal, over a period of twenty years.
There will also be $300 M in "capital funding" provided. The agreement will define
Algonquin rights related to lands and natural resources.
Transfer of the 200 parcels will not happen until the Algonquin have a Master Land
Use Plan in place. Transfer will be gradual to allow them to work out local details
with local governments as part of the process - hence the long time frame. Once
transferred (in “fee simple”), the property will be like any other private lands and
subject to the same municipal jurisdiction, land use planning and development
approvals. There can be an economic advantage to the County following
development by the Algonquins.
There is only one parcel of the Agreement which affects Eagle Lake (see figure
Parcel 236, part 1, (196 acres) on the north shore of Eagle Lake between the
marsh on the west side of Red Rock east about a mile to the northernmost point of
the shore, designated a "waterfront district" by Official Plan Rules, zoned
“Waterfront residential, rural”, with a 300-metre setback from the waterline
required for any building. The Ducharme Road passes through Parcel 136. (Part 2 is
north of Ducharme Road.)
Parcel 236, part 3 (1 acre) consists of the western tip of Island A, close to the
north shore of Eagle Lake, designated a "waterfront district" and zoned "limited
service rural." This property is small and is unsuitable for development.
Eagle Lake is noted in the Draft Environmental Evaluation Report as "at capacity." It
was stated that any development of the north shore by the Algonquins will conform
to regulations imposed on all owners by the Township of Central Frontenac. All
transfer designations will be specified at the time of transfer, and the Algonquins
would have to apply for any variances beyond that time. As owners, they would also
be free to sell their property if they so desired.
The Ontario Ministry of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation website
assurances that have been of concern to Eagle Lake property owners:
* land will not be expropriated from private owners
* no one will lose existing access to their cottages or private property
* no one will lose access to navigable waterways
* no new First Nation reserves will be created on lands that are
* less than 4% of the Crown land in the claim area is proposed for
* the vast majority of the Crown land base will remain open to all existing
* after transfer, Algonquin lands will be subject to municipal jurisdiction,
including the same land use planning and development approvals and
authorities as other private lands.
How might Algonquin lands in Parcel 236 (Part 1) be developed?
The Algonquins must have a Master Land Use Plan in place before any transfer of
land ownership occurs, more than five years in the future. However, there are
already unsubstantiated rumours of possible residential subdivisions accessible from
the Ducharme Road. All construction would be subject to a 300-metre (300-yard)
setback from the shore of Eagle Lake.
Canada Lands Company (CLC) is a self-financing federal Crown corporation whose
sole shareholder is the Government of Canada. Its role is to optimize the economic
and community value obtained from former government properties. CLC and the
Algonquins of Ontario (AOO) currently have two partnerships underway in Ottawa,
a residential project in the eastern part of the city, and the revitalization of vacant
land formerly owned by Public Services on Carling Ave.
We will watch for possible future collaboration between the CLC and the Shabot
Obaadjuan Algonquins with respect to development of Parcel 236.
Ontario Information Centre for the Algonquin Land Claim: