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EARTH LODGE: TERRANCE NELSON, ROSEAU RIVER FIRST NATION, TREATY 1

EARTH LODGE: TERRANCE NELSON, ROSEAU RIVER FIRST NATION, TREATY 1

Treaty 2 Territory, February 19, 2021 FNT2T Earth Lodge invited Terrance Nelson, former Chief of Roseau River First Nation of Treaty 1 Territory. The Lodge had asked Terry to speak on Inherit Rights, Treaties, Customary Laws and Okiijida. Here is his bio: Terrance Nelson, Vice-Chairman of the American Indian Movement, Spokesman for the Okiijida Warrior

Treaty 2 Territory, February 19, 2021

FNT2T Earth Lodge invited Terrance Nelson, former Chief of Roseau River First Nation of Treaty 1 Territory. The Lodge had asked Terry to speak on Inherit Rights, Treaties, Customary Laws and Okiijida.

Here is his bio:

Terrance Nelson, Vice-Chairman of the American Indian Movement, Spokesman for the Okiijida Warrior Society, former Chief of Roseau River Anishinaabe First Nation, elected five terms in a row as Chief. Nelson settled a land claim that had been rejected 3 times prior to his election as Chief. On July 29th 2011, Roseau River was paid over $80 million for 8,000 acres, it remains the largest payment per acre for agricultural lands in Canadian history. At $10,064 per acre, Roseau River set precedent, 2 ½ times larger per acre than the previous largest settlement.

Author of numerous books, studies and booklets including “Genocide in Canada” 1997, “Okiijida, the Warrior Society” 1997, “Anishinaabe Aki” Sovereignty and Sovereign Immunity in Treaty One, 1995, “The New Buffalo”, Gaming in Manitoba 2000, The New Reality, An article on the economics of the United States, May 2005, “The Ojibway Moccasin Game” 1999, etc. Nelson wrote numerous articles and papers on economics and First Nation sovereignty, he has accomplished his goals by bringing in Treaty Land Entitlement, Gaming, Tobacco Tax Rebates, Urban Reserves, Health Centers, and numerous businesses. Today Chief and Council of Roseau River is financially independent of Government funding for Governance, earning over 8 million per year more in own source revenue because of Chief Nelson’s plan of action.

When the Conservatives Attorney General blocked conversion of a Roseau River urban reserve in Winnipeg in 2006, Chief Nelson organized the June 29th 2007 National Day of Action. He made a deal with Minister of Indian Affairs Jim Prentice getting a commitment to convert 600,000 acres of TLE lands in Manitoba, a 74.8 acre urban reserve for his First Nation and the announcement of the Tribunal on land claims. Nelson promised not to block railway lines for five years if the Conservatives were sincere on the conversions of TLE lands. The promise ends June 12th 2012.

Terry Nelson, always a vocal critic of the federal government’s approach to Indigenous Affairs, was elected as Grand Chief of the Southern Chiefs’ Organization in 2014.

Today, Terrance continues as Okiijida leader and change maker.

His sound advise for our staff and leadership is to not to lose sight of our sovereignty from our Anishinaabeg inherit rights that comes from our Ancestors and not with our Treaties with the Crown. And he pointed out that FNT2T approach in developing our own laws and legislations is the key. Always keep challenging the government and never let up.

Miigwech in sharing your time with us, Terrance!

Waabishki Mazinazoot Michtaatim, Lodge Keeper

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