Dealing with Sask. First Act one of treaty commissioner’s top priorities for 2023 – CBC

by ahnationtalk on January 11, 202324 Views

Jan 11, 2023

Treaty Commissioner Mary Culbertson says bill offends inherent and treaty rights

Last year, Treaty Commissioner of Saskatchewan Mary Culbertson was critical of the proposed Saskatchewan First Act and now, in 2023, she is questioning the basis, accuracy and respect of treaty rights of the bill.

The provincial government introduced the Saskatchewan First Act last November, stating the act would assert exclusive provincial jurisdiction over natural resources in Saskatchewan.

Indigenous advocates have said the act threatens inherent and treaty rights of Indigenous people. The Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations, which represents 74 First Nations in Saskatchewan, has called for blockades while it organizes legal action against the provincial government.

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