Chief: If you think aboriginals have it so good, come and visit us
By Chief Gordon T. Auger
CHIEFS LIST – TREATY 8 NATIONS
ABOUT TREATY 8
On June 21, 1899, the eighth treaty between the Indians of North America and the Queen of England was signed. The signatories of Treaty 8 agreed to its terms for reasons of peace and friendship – ensuring what they thought would be a partnership. Treaty 8 was the most comprehensive treaty, encompassing a land mass of approximately 840,000 kilometers, and is home to 39 First Nation communities. Treaty territory covers the areas of Northern Alberta, Northwestern Saskatchewan, Northeastern British Columbia, and the Southwest portion of the Northwest Territories.
ARTICLES OF TREATY 8
Centuries ago, the First Nations people of western Canada lived a life on the lands. Hunting, fishing and farming were the ways of their world, and while the First Nations people had clearly defined territories associated with regional bands, the concept of land “ownership” was a foreign one. Social organization consisted of interaction between bands for trading, with many bands related to one another through marriage and kinship. Read more……
TREATY PRINCIPLE In 2006, the Elders Council adopted Treaty Principles on Education, Health, and Livelihood, which were acknowledged by the Treaty 8 Executive Board. These are living Treaty principles.
TREATY 8 FIRST NATIONS ELDER COUNCIL, TREATY PRINCIPLES The Elders of Treaty 8 Alberta representing our First Nations Elder councils have gathered in Edmonton, Alberta to establish the Treaty principles as told to us by our ancestors. Read more…….
TREATY 8 CHIEFS HOPEFUL AFTER PROTOCOL SIGNING WITH PREMIER
Edmonton, Alberta – April 26,2016 – Treaty 8 Chiefs met with Premier Notley today to sign a Protocol respecting future meetings between the provincial Government and the Chiefs of Treaty No. 8. This meeting included the Premier, Ministers and Chief from across northern Alberta. The chiefs have expressed their hopefulness after the meeting.
** protocol agreement document and the press release are available in chiefs portal. Click here to visit.
GRAND CHIEF PLEASED WITH CANADIAN HUMAN RIGHTS TRIBUNAL DECISION
Chief Steve Courtoreille, Grand Chief of Treaty 8 First Nations of Alberta adds his voice to celebrate the efforts of Cindy Blackstock, Executive Director of First Nations Child and Family Caring Society. “Today’s victory is due to the commitment and dedication of Dr. Blackstock,” states the Grand Chief before continuing, “her strength and spirit will help to achieve equity for our children and for our communities. She is a true warrior.”
SWAN RIVER HOLDS CULTURAL CAMP TO HIGHLIGHT “BROKEN FIRST NATION CONSULTATION POLICY”
Another Treaty 8 First Nation is holding a cultural camp to highlight the dangers of Alberta’s current consultation system. Development in the area is threatening traditional use land that Swan River had earmarked for preservation.
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