But due to the constitutionally-protected nature of these rights, the solution will not be found in omnibus legislation but in good faith bargaining and serious dedication of resources and attention to the issue.
A recent report by the Calgary Chamber of Commerce identifying the critical role of the Métis in filling the growing gap in the Western Canadian labour market highlights the need for a change in federal policy.
But Treasury Board President Tony Clement has further alienated First Nations by dismissing their calls for a Joint Review Panel of the Ring of Fire resource development in northern Ontario, arguing it would only bring up ‘irrelevant issues.’
First Nations across Canada are advancing plans, grounded in our rights and responsibilities, to return to the original relationship and to achieve self-determination. We extend our hand to Canada, our historic partner, to work with us.