Treaty Alliance First Nations' Refusal to Sign Funding Agreements a Sign of Growing Resistance to Canada’s Termination Agenda

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Treaty Alliance First Nations' Refusal to Sign Funding Agreements a Sign of Growing Resistance to Canada’s Termination Agenda

(March 24, 2014) Turtle Island - In a sign that more First Nations leadership are breaking with Canada’s government agenda, First Nations located in what is now known as Saskatchewan and Alberta have refused to sign funding agreements being imposed on them by the federal Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs.

The move by various Nations in Treaty 6 and Treaty 4 territories is an indication of growing frustration and opposition to the Harper government's Termination Agenda, an agenda based on continuing unilateral, paternalistic and arbitrary government decisions, as opposed to a relationship of equals based on the Treaties made between the First Nations and the Crown.

"The leaders of these Treaty Alliance First Nations are pursuing fulfillment of historic Treaty obligations, respecting their nation-to-nation treaty jurisdiction, and fair, timely distribution of the Indian Trust Fund monies." says Janice Makokis, an Idle No More Spokesperson.

"The Idle No More and Defenders of the Land Networks support the actions of the Treaty 6 and 4 Leadership and calls upon other First Nations leadership and Grassroots Peoples to organize and support peaceful and collective actions of unity and Indigenous self-determination to stop the ongoing oppression and Canadian State sponsored Termination of the Inherent, Aboriginal and Treaty rights of Indigenous peoples on Turtle Island, as well as, the continued theft of First Nations lands and resources." says Russell Diabo, Defenders of the Land Spokesperson.

Canada’s “Termination” agenda means the continuing dispossession of the lands and resources of First Nations, the end of their pre-existing sovereign status through federal Indian Act legislation and funding, the conversion of First Nations into municipalities and their reserves into fee simple lands and extinguishment of their Inherent, Aboriginal and Treaty Rights.

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Janice Makokis, Idle No More Contact Cell: (780) 915-0310

Russell Diabo, Defenders of the Land Contact Cell: (613) 296-0110

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  • PRESS RELEASE ANNOUNCEMENT:

TREATY ALLIANCE PRESS RELEASE
TREATY 4 & 6 TERRITORIES
NATIONS REFUSING TO SIGN FEDERAL FUNDING AGREEMENT
FRIDAY, MARCH 21, 2014 @ 10:00AM
SASKATOON, SK
 
ONION LAKE CREE NATION
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, March 21, 2014
Saskatoon, SK – Onion Lake Cree Nation Calls for a Bilateral Direct Transfer

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  • John Merasty
    commented 2014-03-29 03:32:20 -0700
    A fiscal agreement between two parties happens when both sides agree and sign the deal. Lately in the past few years, the Federal Dept. of AA has had a take it or leave it attitude to 1st Nations when it comes to New Fiscal Year Comprehensive Budgets. Perhaps Canada is broke and can no longer pay or maybe Canada doesn’t respect 1st Nations people any more and considers them unworthy subjects. When budgets are decreased annually and you must make do it just doesn’t make sense when AA refuses to negotiate in good faith. By refusing to sign doesn’t mean you don’t need the money or you are being militant; it means that the door is open for negotiating a better amount that will be worthy to provide sufficient money, funding, dollars, cash, resources to run and operate a 1st nation office. Provincial dollars are welcome but only if the money is transferred to AA first and then decentralized by AA. AA is the official representative body of the Federal Govt. AA is Aboriginal Affairs. INAC wanted to change the name so that Indians will have to use AA as their funding resource and make it look funny and disrepectful to Indian folks. Drunks go to AA.