The Confederacy of Treaty Six First Nations has dissolved a protocol settlement it signed with Alberta’s UCP authorities final December that was supposed to assist the 2 governments work collectively to handle financial and social points.
When it was signed, the 2 sides referred to as it a stable basis for real dialogue and a collaborative relationship to work on mutual priorities, however Grand Chief Okimaw Vernon Watchmaker says it didn’t work out that means.
“Signing that settlement was in good religion to work collectively, not one get together to find out the opposite get together’s future,” Watchmaker stated in an interview with International Information on Wednesday.
Watchmaker stated the UCP authorities has handed a number of items of laws and launched new insurance policies that impression First Nations with none session, pointing to Invoice 1, which prohibits protests on items of infrastructure deemed by the federal government to be important, and the removing of the coal coverage.
“We see a number of issues affecting our treaty place. Once more, no session, no engagement,” Watchmaker stated.
Whereas the choice was made throughout an meeting assembly on Could 12, it was publicly introduced after Premier Jason Kenney made feedback lamenting what he calls cancel tradition as Canadians talk about eradicating names like Sir John A. Macdonald from public buildings.
“I believe Canada is a superb historic achievement. It’s a nation that folks all all over the world search to affix as new Canadians,” he stated when requested his opinion throughout a media availability on Tuesday.
“It’s an imperfect nation, however it’s nonetheless an amazing nation, simply as John Macdonald was an imperfect man however was nonetheless an amazing chief. If we wish to get into cancelling each determine in our historical past who took positions on points on the time that we now decide harshly and rightly in historic retrospective — but when that’s the brand new normal, then I believe nearly all the founding management of our nation will get cancelled.”
Watchmaker referred to as the feedback appalling and insensitive.
In a press release, the federal government stated it was dissatisfied with the confederacy’s choice to finish the protocol settlement.
“Alberta’s authorities entered into this settlement in good religion, with the concept of working collectively in a spirit of respect and partnership to maneuver ahead our shared social and financial priorities,” the assertion learn.
“Protocol agreements chart a course for significant discussions, data sharing and a solution to discover problems with mutual concern. It’s our greatest path ahead, and we’ll proceed to work with the grand chief to discover a resolution that’s good for us all.”
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