Obama Victory Spurs Hope In FSIN Chief

Thursday, November 06, 2008 at 13:17



The chief of the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations says Barack Obama’s victory in Tuesday’s American presidential election will begin a new era of governments working with First Nations people.


Lawrence Joseph says Obama recognizes First Nations, saying they’ve been forgotten — and also talks about treaty commitments as paramount law.


Joseph hopes the positive relationship Obama has with Native Americans will spill over into Canada and provide a framework of how governments and First Nations people can work together.


The FSIN chief says the fact the United States has elected a visible minority also fosters hope that Canada will one day elect a First Nations Prime Minister, because he says the world is moving towards inclusion of visible minorities.