Shell to transfer 70 acres of land to the Aamjiwnaang First Nation
Oct. 03, 2019
Today, Shell Canada and Aamjiwnaang First Nation announced the transfer of approximately 70 acres of land. The land being gifted to Aamjiwnaang, which is adjacent to Shell’s Sarnia Manufacturing Centre in Corunna, Ontario, was presented in a ceremony earlier today.
“The acquisition of this piece of land, which once belonged to Aamjiwnaang, is the outcome of strong relationship building over the years between Aamjiwnaang and Shell Canada's Sarnia Manufacturing Centre,” said Chris Plain, Chief of Aamjiwnaang First Nation.
“Through a committed effort on the part of many, this transfer of land will enable Aamjiwnaang to grow as a community, allowing for us to more easily achieve our future needs. Today, we celebrate the return of this land with Shell Canada and their employees and acknowledge their demonstrated commitment to assist in building a stronger community,” said Plain.
“Part of being a good neighbour is understanding what the community wants and needs, both now and in the future,” said Guy Hackwell, General Manager of Shell’s Sarnia Refinery. “This gift of land will help the Aamjiwnaang First Nation continue to grow and to bring their community members back home.”
Shell has been at the refinery site in Corunna (bordering on the Aamjiwnaang First Nation’s community) since the early 1960s and has worked in partnership with the Aamjiwnaang First Nation for decades to build a meaningful relationship based on honesty, integrity and respect.
The transfer of this land is a significant development for the Aamjiwnaang First Nation and for Shell Canada employees, who have worked in partnership to make this outcome possible.
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