SERPENT RIVER, FN, Jan. 19, 2012 /CNW/ - Lake Huron Regional Chief
Isadore Day says that self-determination and economic development need
to be addressed at next week's Crown-First Nations gathering in Ottawa.
"Treaties in Canada must be honoured," says Day. "The spirit and intent
of Treaties in Canada was about sharing in the wealth and bounty of
traditional lands. Instead we see poverty and a failed Crown-First
Nation relationship. Advancing federal, provincial, and private sector
economic interests can no longer be done at the expense of First
Nations not being at the table.
"Self-determination and restoring Anishinabek Nation government must be
the next jurisdictional frontier in a new relationship between First
Nations and the Crown. A new social contract of First Nation
self-government in this country means that Canada must recognize the
formal advancement of First Nations as an existing level of government
in the Canadian political fabric."
The Lake Huron Regional Chief noted that the United Nations Declaration
of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, to which Canada is signatory,
states that First Nations people have the right to self-determination.
"By virtue of that right," he adds, "they freely determine their
political status and freely pursue their economic, social and cultural
Self-determination and honouring the treaties will be the focus of First
Nations at the Crown-First Nations gathering in Ottawa on January 24th.
The Anishinabek Nation established the Union of Ontario Indians as its
secretariat in 1949. The UOI is a political advocate for 39 member
communities across Ontario, representing approximately 55,000 people.
The Union of Ontario Indians is the oldest political organization in
Ontario and can trace its roots back to the Confederacy of Three Fires,
which existed long before European contact.
SOURCE Anishinabek Nation
For further information:
Union of Ontario Indians
Phone: (705) 497-9127 (ext. 2290)
Cell: (705) 494-0735
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