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Indigenous leader tells RCMP to keep off reserves after attempts to stop ceremonies – National Post

by ahnationtalk on May 13, 202042 Views

Public health orders do not supersede First Nations law and treaties, asserts Bobby Cameron

May 13, 2020

An Indigenous leader is telling the RCMP to stay off reserve land after armed officers were dispatched to break up a sacred ceremony.

“These are First Nations lands. This is Indian land. Stay off our lands unless you are invited,” said Chief Bobby Cameron of the Federation of Saskatchewan Indigenous Nations.

Public health orders do not supersede First Nations law and treaties, asserts Cameron, who added that maintaining tradition and ceremony is even more important during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Our ceremonies, our sun dances, our sweat lodges, our pipe ceremonies will continue and no matter what any government or what the RCMP may try to say or do, those ways are going to continue.”

While powwows across the country have been cancelled, traditional ceremonies cannot be delayed, Cameron said. They cannot move online, like many church services, because they are inherently connected to the land.

Read More: https://nationalpost.com/news/canada/stay-off-our-lands-rcmp-attendance-at-indigenous-ceremony-raises-ire-of-chief

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