DENVER, CO, Nov. 12 /CNW/ - The Chief and Council from the Sucker Creek
First Nation have embarked on a historic journey to Denver, Colorado for a
meeting with the National Congress of American Indians, the Tribes from
Australia, and the Maori from New Zealand to ratify the United League of
Indigenous Nations Treaty.
On November 14, 2007, Indigenous leadership will gather to formally
ratify the historic Treaty of cooperation and friendship amongst the
signatories. "This Treaty provides an opportunity for First Nations across the
country to benefit from interaction and cooperation with Indigenous peoples
around the world, and provides hope for a better future for our youth" said
Chief Jaret Cardinal.
This Treaty focuses on cooperation amongst Indigenous leadership in the
areas of environmental protection and international indigenous trade and
commerce. Chief Jaret Cardinal of the Sucker Creek First Nation has noted,
"The United League of Indigenous Nations provides a forum for our Peoples to
work together to create a unified voice for Indigenous Peoples around the
Chief Cardinal has been invited to speak in Denver, Colorado at the
National Congress of American Indians 64th Annual Assembly. NCAI is the
national organization for American Indian Tribes and Alaskan Native
communities. Chief Cardinal will also be co-chairing this historical
ratification ceremony on November 14th.
Sucker Creek First Nation is one of 11 original signatories and Chief
Cardinal acts as Canada's representative on the Interim Governing Board of the
United League of Indigenous Nations.
For further information on the United League of Indigenous Nations,
<a href="http://www.indigenousnationstreaty.org">www.indigenousnationstreaty.org</a> provides an actual copy of the Treaty as well
as historical information surrounding the Treaty.
United League of Indigenous Nations Treaty
Strengthening Indigenous Nations Together
At the invitation of Evelyn Jefferson, chairwoman of the Lummi Indian
Nation, about 40 indigenous nations met at the Lummi Indian Nation reservation
to discuss a proposed treaty that would establish a United League of
Indigenous Nations. After two days of negotiation, 11 nations from the United
States, Canada, Australia and Aoetearoa (New Zealand) reached agreement and
authorized their delegate to sign the treaty on Aug. 1.
The Treaty was developed by the National Congress of American Indians
Special Committee on Indigenous Nations Relationships, which met over the past
three years with the Assembly of First Nations of Canada, the Ngati Awa Tribe
and the Mataatua Assembly of Aotearoa (New Zealand) and the Ngarrindjeri
Nation of South Australia as well as numerous tribal officials across the U.S.
The Treaty is intended to serve as a framework agreement through which
Indigenous Nations will create a political alliance and pledge to support one
another in pursuit of common goals. The treaty is implemented through the
creation of a United League of Indigenous Nations.
Indigenous people see a tremendous threat to their remaining homelands
posed by global warming and they feel compelled to act. Climate change knows
no national boundaries and indigenous peoples are being impacted in their
ability to sustain a way of life that is essential to their survival. They
agreed that their actions can only be strengthened by joining together, by
sharing information, by raising a collective voice and by insisting upon
representation of their distinctive concerns before all national and
international bodies dealing with climate change.
Indigenous leaders in the U.S., Canada, Aotearoa and Australia also
described a concerted and organized political campaign within these Pacific
Rim countries, a campaign directed against the foundation of their indigenous
rights. The current Bush, Harper, Clark and Howard administrations have
coordinated their policies toward indigenous nations by consistently
characterizing indigenous nation rights, recognized in treaties with these
various colonial nations, as "racial preferences" or "race-based rights."
How will the United League of Indigenous Nations help? The League,
through the terms of its chartering treaty, is a powerful statement by
indigenous nations that mutually recognizes indigenous nationhood and the
principles and values upon which it stands. By coming together and adopting a
nation-to-nation agreement, indigenous nations affirm their inherent rights of
self-determination and self-government, their indigenous sovereignty.
Further, they have created a means to unify around issues such as global
warming, in order to adopt joint positions and develop common strategies. By
committing themselves to join together in trade and commerce with one another,
the indigenous nations will have taken the first steps needed to create a
strong, international indigenous economy.
Finally, by pledging to sponsor joint research and studies by indigenous
scholars on the goals and strategies of indigenous self-determination, the
United League will help all members.
On an interim basis, Four Co-Chairs were selected from the original
signatories to represent Indigenous Nations from the United States, Canada,
Aotearoa and Australia. These Co-Chairs are: Honorable Evelyn Jefferson,
(Chairwoman, Lummi Indian Nation), Honorable Jaret Cardinal (Chief, Sucker
Creek First Nation), Aroha Mead (Representative Ngati Awa Iwi, Aoetearoa) and
Associate Professor Daryle Rigney, (Representative Ngarrindjeri Nation, South
Australia). Alan Parker was named as Acting Secretary to the United League of
For further information:
For further information: and/or interview requests, please contact:
Chief Jaret Cardinal, (780) 523-4426 (Office), (780) 523-7973 (Cell)