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Letter to John Duncan Feb 11, 2013

Letter to John Duncan Feb 11, 2013

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Published by Doug Thomas
AMC's response to the First Nations Education act clash with security at TCU Place in Saskatoon February 8, 2013

This letter is to formally state my strong objections to the appalling events that took place last week at the so called First Nations Education Act ‘consultation process’ held by Aboriginal and Northern Development Canada (AANDC) in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan on February 8, 2013.

I learned that several of our people attempted to gain entrance to the ‘invite only’ consultation process and were denied access and security went as far as physically escorting and physically barring our First Nations women from the doors which lead to some people being hurt. This type of physical restraint is unacceptable as is the lack of transparency and accountability being afforded to these meetings. The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs will not allow our people to be locked out of a process that will impact our treaty and inherent rights.

Our First Nations were promised a right to education in exchange for the economic prosperity to be enjoyed by those that settled in this country. Yet since the signing of the various treaties and agreements across this country, this treaty promise to education has been under constant attack through the Government of Canada’s unilateral policies and legislation. Therefore, any meetings with Manitoba First Nations leadership will include an open, transparent and accountable process. This will include an open door policy to allow for grassroots participation on an issue as critical as education for our First Nation citizens.

One of the key questions to be asked is why this government is proceeding with a consultation on First Nations education legislation and any process attached to it when it was clearly rejected by the Chiefs through the Assembly of First Nations? It would now seem that your government is simply going through the motions of 'consultation' to meet the constitutional standard, despite no acceptance of the idea by our people. First Nations leadership have been very consistent in the last few decades on how they wish to approach the delivery of education programs and services to our First Nations people. It is not our ideas and values of the treaty promises that were made that change, but rather those of the government of the day.
The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs is currently is in the process of collecting information directly from First Nations parent, educators, Elders and communities regarding what a treaty-based education system would look like. We have taken the position that we have an inherent right to govern ourselves, including the development of our education systems, through the formation of our own laws that are consistent with our indigenous identity.


Sincerely


Derek Nepinak
Grand Chief
AMC's response to the First Nations Education act clash with security at TCU Place in Saskatoon February 8, 2013

This letter is to formally state my strong objections to the appalling events that took place last week at the so called First Nations Education Act ‘consultation process’ held by Aboriginal and Northern Development Canada (AANDC) in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan on February 8, 2013.

I learned that several of our people attempted to gain entrance to the ‘invite only’ consultation process and were denied access and security went as far as physically escorting and physically barring our First Nations women from the doors which lead to some people being hurt. This type of physical restraint is unacceptable as is the lack of transparency and accountability being afforded to these meetings. The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs will not allow our people to be locked out of a process that will impact our treaty and inherent rights.

Our First Nations were promised a right to education in exchange for the economic prosperity to be enjoyed by those that settled in this country. Yet since the signing of the various treaties and agreements across this country, this treaty promise to education has been under constant attack through the Government of Canada’s unilateral policies and legislation. Therefore, any meetings with Manitoba First Nations leadership will include an open, transparent and accountable process. This will include an open door policy to allow for grassroots participation on an issue as critical as education for our First Nation citizens.

One of the key questions to be asked is why this government is proceeding with a consultation on First Nations education legislation and any process attached to it when it was clearly rejected by the Chiefs through the Assembly of First Nations? It would now seem that your government is simply going through the motions of 'consultation' to meet the constitutional standard, despite no acceptance of the idea by our people. First Nations leadership have been very consistent in the last few decades on how they wish to approach the delivery of education programs and services to our First Nations people. It is not our ideas and values of the treaty promises that were made that change, but rather those of the government of the day.
The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs is currently is in the process of collecting information directly from First Nations parent, educators, Elders and communities regarding what a treaty-based education system would look like. We have taken the position that we have an inherent right to govern ourselves, including the development of our education systems, through the formation of our own laws that are consistent with our indigenous identity.


Sincerely


Derek Nepinak
Grand Chief

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Published by: Doug Thomas on Feb 11, 2013
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