Re: “Algonquin land claim, a journey of reconciliation,” (The Hill Times, July 1, p. 11, by Robert Potts). When indigenous peoples seek acknowledgment of their land rights and territorial land title, they also have the onus to prove that they have occupied the land in question. I believe this opinion piece is lacking sufficient evidence that there ever was an Algonquin community in the Ottawa-Hull region of Canada. My name is Jason Arbour and my family is indigenous to the Ottawa-Hull region of Canada. My family, or “band,” descends from an “historical rights-bearing community” that overlooked the Chaudiere Falls. We call this place “Tsit-Kanaja.” One thing that may surprise the public is that our indigenous community was not Algonquin, we were Iroquoian, or Kaniengehaga, to be precise. Kaniengehaga means “People of the Place of the Flint,” and “Tsit-Kanaja” is the place of my band’s flint. Our band had quarried limestone flint from this location since time immemorial. We made arrow heads, tomahawks, skinning tools, and crafts, which is why we call ourselves Kaniengehaga. Tsit-Kanaja means “Floating Kettle.” My ancestors gave the falls this name because the mist that arose from the falls resembled a steaming kettle and if you took your canoe up into the mist, it would feel like you were floating in a kettle; hence the name Tsit-Kanaja. Coincidentally, Chaudiere means kettle in French. When indigenous peoples seek membership to a community or Indian Status, they must attribute some documentation to prove they have merit for registration as the onus is that of the registrant. Some accepted documents include: Canadian census documents, Library and Archives Canada files, and church records. Mr. Potts has held his negotiations behind closed doors and continues to assert Algonquin sovereignty here in Eastern Ontario without sharing legal documentation to prove communal occupation. My community here in plain sight has never alienated or extinguished our property and civil rights to the Ottawa-Hull region of Canada. I do understand that Mr. Potts has spent a lot of time negotiating and that my documents may not be in the best interest for the Ontario Algonquins or to Mr. Bob Potts. The community of Tsit-Kanaja would like to share with the public some of our extremely detailed and compelling documented evidence. This sufficient collection should help support our aboriginal land title to the Ottawa-Hull region of Canada. These documents include: Library and Archives’ files; census documents; police records; hand-written records of smallpox at the Indian encampment in Hull; church records from the very first church in the Ottawa-Hull region; Indian Affairs files; land survey map of the Hull Indian reserve; an 1843 Bytown Gazette article about an Indian burial ground located in Hull; Superior Court cases; archaeologist discoveries and reports of Indian occupation in Hull, Que., and Torbolton, Ont.; a judgment from the Hull Provincial Court May 4, 2012, recognizing the Kaniengehaga from Tsit-Kanaja and their historical rights bearing community; and well-established oral history. We, the Kaniengehaga from Tsit-Kanaja, acknowledge and respect the fact that the Algonquin Nation has aboriginal land rights to certain portions of this vast Ottawa River waterway. With diligence, the same must be said for Tsit-Kanaja’s land rights to certain portions of the Ottawa River as there was more than one tribe inhabiting this immense waterway. Jason Arbour Ottawa, Ont. (The letter writer is chief and legal representative of the Tsit-Kanaja Community from Ottawa-Hull).