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The Natural Resources Transfer Agreements (NRTA) and the Western Treaty Nations (WTN).

The Natural Resources Transfer Agreements (NRTA) and the Western Treaty Nations (WTN).

The NRTA’s purportedly transferred “administration and control” of the lands, water, wildlife, and natural resources to the provincial governments. However, First Nations maintain that the numbered Treaties did not “cede, yield and surrender” the lands, water, wildlife, and natural resources. Rather, they were land sharing agreements that allowed the settlers to use the land to

The NRTA’s purportedly transferred “administration and control” of the lands, water, wildlife, and natural resources to the provincial governments. However, First Nations maintain that the numbered Treaties did not “cede, yield and surrender” the lands, water, wildlife, and natural resources. Rather, they were land sharing agreements that allowed the settlers to use the land to the “depth of a plow” and that wildlife would remain for the use and benefit of the First Nations. When the Dominion of Canada passed the NRTAs into law it enshrined into Canadian law this misinterpretation of the Treaties.

The purpose of the Western Treaty Nations on the NRTA is to re-establish jurisdiction and authority over the lands, water, wildlife, and natural resources within the western provincial regions. There are now options for forward motion of this important issue that will be discussed and evaluated before a course of action can be determined. This work has been ongoing for many years through NRTA Summits held in 2011 and 2019 to provide the context for these options. Many of these previous efforts along with the tireless work of the WTN Secretariat will culminate in a summit of 182 Chiefs of Nations affected by NRTA late this summer.

CPNWC Staff plan to attend a planning meeting for this next Summit of the Western Treaty Nations on the NRTA. We expect the meeting to take place over 2 days in Winnipeg on July 12 & 13, 2022.

In the meantime watch this blog for announcements and information on the work of the WTN Secretariat and the late summer summit date.

Marlene Davis
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