Treaty Commissioner Outlines Wishes In Last Report

Monday, March 19, 2007 at 15:03



The outgoing treaty commissioner in Saskatchewan says he has faith that both the government and First Nations can someday enter into a treaty implementation process.


Judge David Arnot unveiled a new report on Friday which calls for the two sides to enter into a fuller treaty relationship.


Arnot says the Indian Act is the main reason why the treaties aren’t carried out according to their spirit and intent — and he argues that legislation has to be replaced or done away with altogether.


He says without that change, First Nations will always be at a disadvantage.


Arnot’s last day on the job is March 30th, and it’s not clear when, or if, the Office of the Treaty Commissioner will re-open.