Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs
Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak Southern Chiefs’ Organization
2-275 Portage Avenue 6
338 Broadway Box 998 Long Plain First NationWinnipeg, MB R3B 2B3 Winnipeg, MB R3C 0T2 Portage La Prairie, MB R1N 0P0
AMC, MKO and SCO Unified First Nations Position
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The First Nations affiliated with the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs, Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak and
the Southern Chiefs’ Organization
hereby state:We, the Chiefs in Manitoba, representing and standing with our youth, women, men and Elders and includingthe visions and dreams of our ancestors take the position that:The Manitoba First Nations affirm and will defend the following Treaty Principles:
We, the First Nations, come from
, and this determines our relationship with nature, ourrole as stewards of this land, and all forms of life and our sovereignty.2.
We, the First Nations,
North America as sovereign Nations long before other people came toour shores.3.
We, the First Nations have always made our own
laws, institutions and jurisdiction
, which is reflected inour cultures, values and languages.4.
Our sovereignty enables us to enter into Treaty and other political
with other Nations.5.
Royal Proclamation of 1763
affirmed our sovereignty, institutionalized the Treaty-making process,and made our consent a condition before our lands and resources could be alienated.6.
First Nations and the Crown
each other’s sovereignty in the Treaty process.
sovereignty will continue forever
and will continue to define our nationhood forever.8.
Our Treaty has
spirit and intent
of the Treaty relationship is more valid that the written text and will last as long asthe sun shines, the waters flow and the grass gr
Canada has an on-going obligation to fulfill the Treaty according to the Spirit and Intent.