The Metis Nation-Saskatchewan is reiterating its opposition to the Saskatchewan First Act.

It said it is against the legislation as it lacks a meaningful and engaging approach to consultation.

The MN-S met with the provincial New Democrats to voice their concerns. “Our voices are being systematically and purposely shut out of the Saskatchewan First Act and the selling of Crown lands,” said President Glen McCallum. “We have expressed serious concern on this piece of legislation – both on the statute itself and the provincial government’s continued practice of ignoring Métis voices. As Métis, we have inherent rights and we will use every means available to ensure members of the legislature understand that we are a culturally distinct and fundamental part of this province.”

The Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations too is opposed to the Saskatchewan First Act, alleging the Bill violates Treaty Rights. Saskatchewan Justice Minister Bronwyn Eyre said the Saskatchewan First Act aims to re-establish provincial jurisdiction over natural resources and will not infringe on Treaty Rights as they are constitutionally protected.