Open Letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper,
Prime Minister Stephen Harper
Elected Leader of the Conservative Party,
Appointed Representative as Prime Minister by vice regal of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II,
Crown of the Commonwealth of Nations,
Office of the Prime Minister
80 Wellington Street
Elizabeth II, Crown of the Commonwealth of Nations,
March 20, 2009
Prime Minister Harper,
Please accept this correspondence as only one part of a long exchange of correspondences
submitted on behalf of the Kichisipirini Algonquins, Kichi Sibi Anishnabe, Canada, Indigenous
Peoples of Canada, in our long history of submissions and petitions to various agents of the
British and United Kingdom Crown and its various agents, ministers or administering state
representatives asserting our continued and unceded rights and jurisdiction in accordance to the
traditions, customs, conventions and agreements of our proud nation and its intimate relationship
with the very first legal, political and cultural foundations of the entity known now as Canada. It
is with great regret that I must continue to publicly assert that our long record of submissions
Even our most recent submissions regarding inherent rights to various agents or ministers
associated with your administration have been, when even acknowledged at all, consistently met
with ignorance, misrepresentation of law, and blatant disrespect.
This is most unfortunate, as our rights and jurisdiction are protected within the principles and conventions of international law, various proclamations and historical conventions, as well as again protected, recognized and affirmed within the Canadian Constitution.
Kichesipirini documented record establishes the fact that Canada existed for centuries prior to
Confederation of 1867, with a documented record proving the Indigenous Peoples as a founding
people of Canada long before the assertions of sovereignty made by the British or United
We were in times of great social and political crisis and upheaval visionaries and illuminators,
for centuries. The Kichesipirini of Allumette have been documented as a founding people of a
sophisticated culture that promoted peace and prosperity, equality and diversity long before
being recognized as important tenants of positive social existence by subsequence governments.
The Kichesipirini Anishnabe political and economic ideologies allowed for the continued
generation of the evolving Canadian Nation. We had a strong sense of nationality, sovereignty,
civic responsibility and mutual obligation. We understood and exercised various forms of land
tenure systems, sophisticated alliances, tribute and taxation policies, and variegated economies.
We were an inclusive society highly welcoming the skills and technologies offered by others and
our history shows our great appreciation of new ideas and new alliances that strengthened
prosperity, but not ever jeopardized our shared national integrity.
Despite numerous attempts at our destruction or elimination we proudly continue as a unique
part of genuine Canadian history and identity. We are certain that anyone genuinely committed
to acting in the best interests of Canada would ensure that such a unique aspect of Canadian
history and identity be preserved.
regarding stated policy but then finding numerous implementation barriers when it came to be understood that we were not willing to relinquish Traditional Aboriginal Title or Jurisdiction. We understand those rights to be legally protected.
References to Aboriginal Rights in the Constitution Act, 1982.
Section 25 of the Charter of Rights:
25. The guarantee in this Charter of certain rights and freedoms shall not be construed so
as to abrogate or derogate from any aboriginal, treaty or other rights or freedoms that
pertain to the aboriginal peoples of Canada including
(a) any rights or freedoms that have been recognized by the Royal Proclamation of
October 7, 1763; and
(b) any rights or freedoms that may be acquired by the aboriginal peoples of Canada by
way of land claims settlement.
RIGHTS OF THE ABORIGINAL PEOPLES OF CANADA
35. (1) The existing aboriginal and treaty rights of the aboriginal peoples of Canada are hereby
recognized and affirmed.
(2) In this Act, "aboriginal peoples of Canada" includes the Indian, Inuit, and Metis peoples of
(3) For greater certainty, in subsection (1) "treaty rights" includes rights that now exist by way of
land claims agreements or may be so acquired.
(4) Notwithstanding any other provision of this Act, the aboriginal and treaty rights referred to in
subsection (1) are guaranteed equally to male and female persons.
that, before any amendment is made to Class 24 of section 91 of the "Constitution Act, 1867", to
section 25 of this Act or to this Part,
(a) a constitutional conference that includes in its agenda an item relating to the proposed
amendment, composed of the Prime Minister of Canada and the first ministers of the provinces,
will be convened by the Prime Minister of Canada; and
(b) the Prime Minister of Canada will invite representatives of the aboriginal peoples of Canada
to participate in the discussions on that item.
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