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The Teme-Augama Anishnabai (TAA) (Deep Water by the Shore People) is a proud Indigenous community of n'Dakimenan (Our Land). Some citizens are status Indian (TFN) with the Indian Act framework. The majority are not within the framework of the Indian Act.
The TAA have utilized the Temagami region of Canada for over 9,000 years.
In 1973, The Temagami Indian Band registered a land caution against the Crown Ontario to stop development on our land the Crown land of 10,000 square kilometers. The attorney-general of Ontario pursued legal action against the Band for this caution. The TAA lost this court case in 1984 and the Band proceeded with an Appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada where they found that the Crown had breached their fiduciary obligations to the Temagami Indians and adhered us to the 1850 Robinson Huron Treaty.
In 1988, the Ontario Minister of Natural Resources, Vince Kerrio approved the expansion of the Red Squirrel logging road, directly through our territory. This prompted a series of roadblocks by the TAA in 1988-1989.
In 1991, the TAA and the Ontario government created the Wendaban Stewardship Authority to manage four townships near the logging road. The Authority completed their Land Use Plan but had no funding or workers to implement it.
A Draft Settlement Agreement has been developed and a decision to accept the agreement by the community is yet to be determined.