FSIN Surprised By Wall’s Take On Duty To Consult

Wednesday, July 15, 2009 at 14:54



A First Nations leader says he was surprised by recent comments from the premier about the duty to consult.


Last week, Brad Wall said he thought it might be impossible to get unanimous consent from Aboriginal groups, government and industry over how a new duty-to-consult policy should be created.


Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations Vice-Chief Delbert Wapass says he and others are working on that very question — and he doesn’t see why an agreement on the policy can’t be worked out.


Wapass says First Nations want to reach a solution with government, and wonders why anyone would choose an approach that pits groups against each other and sets the stage for demonstrations and blockades.


He stresses First Nations want to create certainty and predictability when it comes to development on traditional land.