Treaty Gathering Ends With Two Resolutions

Monday, July 30, 2007 at 15:38



First Nations leaders have a lot to think about, now that this year’s national treaty gathering at Fort Carlton has concluded.


Two resolutions were passed at the event.


One calls for the creation of a national treaty protection office — while the other calls on Ottawa to reverse shortfalls in health services for First Nations citizens.


Some chiefs who took the floor last week say they think treaty issues in Canada need to be dealt with more seriously.


The host of this year’s event, former national chief Ovide Mercredi, says he agrees with that belief — but cautions that this movement is not intended to be in opposition or an alternative to the Assembly of First Nations. Mercredi says “it’s a movement unto itself”.


Early reports indicate the national treaty office might be established on a reserve in Manitoba.