WINNIPEG, April 28 /CNW/ - The federal leader of the NDP, Jack Layton,
has committed himself and his party to assisting the "just resolution"
of the claim filed by the Sayisi Dene First Nation of northern
In a letter to Chief Jimmy Thorassie today, April 28, 2011, Mr. Layton
I know that Niki Ashton, your MP, has been pressing the government in
this regard and has also brought it to my attention.
May I assure you that, following the election, you can count on both Ms.
Ashton and myself to support a just resolution of your cause.
Chief Thorassie wrote to the Prime Minister and other party leaders on
April 21, 2011, seeking assurances from each that, if elected, they
will act quickly to resolve the Sayisi Dene's claim. Only the NDP has
responded to date.
The Sayisi Dene First Nation have been seeking an apology from the
federal government and settlement of a 14-year-old claim by the First
Nation. They were forced from their traditional territory in Northern
Manitoba in 1956 due to unfounded concerns about caribou herds, and
"resettled" on the beach at Churchill without food or livelihood.
Eighty-six Sayisi Dene died in Churchill and more than a hundred have
died waiting for the claim to be settled.
SOURCE Sayisi Dene First Nation
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