We have traced our presence in the area back to the early 1700’s and have historical maps to support documented historical records. At that time the Grand Chief of the band was Chief Ignace John Baptiste Kijicho Manito. Kijicho Manito came from the Bancroft region and visited Lake of Two Mountains in Quebec for the Algonquin summer clan meetings. The latest Chief was Chief John Baptiste Dufond.
Chief John Baptiste shown here was our Chief on Baptiste Lake where he passed away at the age of 78 in the year 1920. He was the son of Nipissing Grand Chief John Baptiste Kijicho Manito and the Grandson of Grand Chief Ignace John Baptiste Kijicho Manito.
A record of historical documents proves that Algonquin Park is the homeland of the Algonquin and Nippissing people.
Algonquin Park land was and is more than a record of history to us – it is a way of life that has been lost for at least 3 or 4 generations. We are in the process of re-connecting with our ancestral homeland.
We are currently working on identifying archaeological, sacred and historical sites within Algonquin Park. We are working co-operatively with the Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) to complete that project.
We are also participating in Forest Management Plans for Algonquin Park to protect Algonquin interest in all aspects of forestry resources including preservation, administration and sustainable consumption. The Forest Management Planning (FMP) Team is made up of Ontario Parks (MNR) staff, Algonquin Forestry Authority staff, Algonquin First Nation community members, and a representative of the local Citizen’s Committee. Our planning team member on the FMP team is Irvin Yateman.
We have also been involved in the preparation of an Algonquin of Ontario Economic Development Plan, which sets out a comprehensive plan for the cultural and economic development of the Algonquin people. The Plan covers self governance, identification of land for our economic and cultural development, and natural resource management.