Dear Premier Pallister:
RE: Province of Manitoba – Crown Responsible for Crown Lands, Government of Manitoba
Our Local Nations inherent sovereignty that existed before colonialism needs to be reconciled and the Crown’s inaccurately assumed sovereignty needs to be corrected. Unfortunately, this assumed sovereignty has been passed down to the Crowns’ Provincial colonies. This reconciliation must be carried out mutually and not in unilateral isolation.
Canada has misinformed you that our lands are yours to sell. It’s not the case. Treaty includes an equal partnership and allowing you and your settlers to enjoy rights, benefit and thrive in our territory doesn’t allow you to sell off any of our lands without full and meaningful consultation, accommodation which includes equitable compensation and consent.
We wrote a letter in March 2018 and received a response from your Indigenous Affairs Minster on January 25th, 2019, who stated that your provincial departments are delegated with the mandate to respond. We have not received a response from the Agriculture Minister to date.
You are in violation of the Treaty through your unilateral managing and selling off of our lands and we will be launching a legal position against your ministries and the Province of Manitoba. We have been very respectful in requesting a shared process on this and now that you are planning to sell off lands without our consent, we must address this.
This is our second notice to the Province of Manitoba directing you to stop all sales of crown lands including agricultural crown lands.
As stated to you in our original correspondence last year, we cite in particular sections 35 and 52 of Canada’s Constitution, and in particular the reference in the Schedule set out therein, namely the Order of Her Majesty in Council admitting Rupert’s Land and the North-Western Territory into the union, dated the 23rd day of June, 1870 and the Natural Resources Transfer Act 1930 related to Manitoba with regard to its recognition of “underlying trusts’ of which we are the beneficiaries.
If you feel your understanding of what immigration and settlement is not in the same as ours, we are now prepared to halt all projects and go to your colonial courts to prove that the treaty will withhold all and any other agreements since it was made. We are preparing our statements for the UN to begin the process of being involved. With the Province of Manitoba’s steps toward genocide, we must alert the large Nations to see what is happening under the leadership of the colonial settler governments.
As well, we remind you, that you must work with First Nations in Treaty 2 Territory in a manner that meets the minimum standards of Treaties, the Constitution and United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples before adopting and implementing any legislative or administrative measures that could or will impact First Nations.
As a first level Government for our Treaty 2 Territory we will continue to stand up to all other settler governments and assure the Treaty that our original people made with the Crown will be honored and implemented.
Nothing About Us Without Us, In Unity we Remain,
Grand Chief Eugene Eastman Chief, Ochichakkosipi First Nation
Government, First Nation of Treaty 2 Territory (FNT2T)
Last modified: October 3, 2019