[Traditional greetings]Good day and thank you for welcoming me to your beautiful territory. I am trulyhonoured to be here – to learn from you of the challenges and priority issues in yourterritories, and to share with you some of our plans for moving forward based onFirst Nation rights and Treaties.I opened in my own language by thanking the Indigenous peoples of this territory – the Nisenan and Plains Miwok.It’s great to see so many familiar faces, including President Jefferson Keel. TheAssembly of First Nations and NCAI touched base just a few weeks ago during a visitin Washington. Last year, the AFN and NCAI co-hosted an International IndigenousSummit on Energy and Mining on the Canadian side of Niagara Falls. But more onthat later…My message builds on your messages here today. I’d like to reflect on your theme‘Our Rights, Our Sovereignty’ from a perspective of considering “Our Resources andOur Economies”, and highlight the opportunities and importance of moving forwardtogether.You see – there are many similarities in our work and I see a true moment of reckoning for all of us to capitalize on these similarities and shared priorities andgoals to achieve a better day for indigenous peoples across North America andaround the world. While we have distinct cultures, traditions, ceremonies, we havesimilar challenges and priorities. And above all we share a responsibility – to ourpeoples, to our lands, and to our brothers and sisters around the globe – to standfirm on our rights, our sovereignty – to create healthy, sustainable, thrivingcommunities for our peoples to learn and grow.I believe that after several centuries of struggle and strife, now is the time for ourpeoples to strengthen our cultures, our economies, and our Nations.Our Peoples have much in common, and all in this room are familiar with ourkinship. Many of us share the same DNA and the same language origins.