Strict obervance of the treaty would mean annual payment for "each Chief twenty-five dollars" as per treaty, and annual payments for "each Headman not exceeding four to a band, fifteen dollars", as per treaty.
Is there any Chief in our nation today who is only paid twenty-five dollars per year, as per treaty that the Chiefs solemnly promised to strictly observe ???
Is there any Headsmen in our nation today who is only paid fifteen dollars per year, as per treaty that the Chiefs solemnly promised to strictly observe ???
Is there any band in our nation today who is only has a maximum of four member on council, as per treaty that the Chiefs solemnly promised to strictly observe ???
This proves that your own Chiefs are ignoring your teaty obligations.
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EXPLAINING OURSELVES Canada shaped by aboriginal contributions, event concludes
By: Alexandra Paul
Posted: 10/6/2011 1:00 AM
Former national chief Ovide Mercredi asked an elder: "What do I do about the Indian Act?"
The elder paused. And answered: "Act Indian."
Mercredi's story at an event Wednesday at the University of Winnipeg drew appreciative chuckles.
It also illustrated the dilemma Mercredi and other aboriginal and non-aboriginal thinkers and leaders say now faces Canada: Canada's problem isn't just that it marginalizes First Nations and ignores treaties -- it's forgotten the aboriginal foundation that shaped it.
"I'll give you an example," author John Ralston Saul said at the end of the half-day Ka Na Ta (an aboriginal name for Canada) Conversations hosted by the Assembly of First Nations and the University of Winnipeg.
"We are the most interesting country, the most experimental country in the world on immigration and citizenship.... We are under attack all over the world for our multicultural model and we don't know how to explain what it is we're doing. Why? It comes from the fact that for the first 250 years, we followed the aboriginal model of immigration and citizenship and it became subconscious. Then we replaced the (language for it) with this British-empire sort of language and what we're doing doesn't make any sense when we talk about it."
Canadians end up being confused about our cultural identity as a result, Saul argued.
Recognizing the debt the country owes indigenous world views, which stress equality and inclusion, will help restore relations between the country's aboriginal population and everyone else, conference participants said. Finding language to describe ourselves will sort out the rest of the confusion about Canadian culture, the conference concluded.
"So we have to change, and that's what Ovide was saying, that's what Dr. Atleo was saying," Saul said.
Hosted by Assembly of First Nations national Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo and U of W president Lloyd Axworthy, the event drew together notables including Giller-winning author Joseph Boyden, Sagkeeng elder Dave Courchene, the University of Saskatchewan's James Sakej Henderson, former federal Indian Affairs minister Chuck Strahl and Atleo's father, hereditary chief E. Richard Umeek Atleo.
They held a wide-ranging discussion on how aboriginal viewpoints shape Canada's cultural identity, government and our appreciation of the natural world.
"The most important thing is to get non-aboriginal people to understand what contributions (are) from aboriginal people," Axworthy
said, crediting indigenous elders for teaching him.
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