(SASKATOON, SK)  The Chief of the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations (FSIN) is echoing the request of the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs (AMC) in calling for a meeting with Premier Brad Wall.

The chiefs want to meet immediately with Wall, and Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger to discuss hunting rights for First Nation people.

The call for a meeting stems from an incident December 15, 2015, when Saskatchewan law enforcement officials seized moose meat on the Pine Creek First Nation, which is located in Manitoba but within Treaty 4 Territory.

“The purpose of this meeting would be to discuss this issue of immediate importance in respect to our Treaty territories and our Treaty Rights that have been raised in recent weeks. Our Treaties are laws; they are sacred covenants, Indigenous Treaties are protected by international law,” said FSIN Chief Bobby Cameron.

Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs Derek Nepinak wrote an open letter to Premier Wall that copied Manitoba Premier Selinger and the FSIN Chief. “We are initiating this request for a meeting of the Premiers and the AMC Chief since we are copied in this open letter.  We have scheduled a meeting with all parties in Yorkton in the next few weeks,” stated Vice Chief Bob Merasty, portfolio holder for Lands and Resources.

Vice Chief Merasty recently met with the Ministry of Environment senior level management within the Compliance and Enforcement Branch to discuss an immediate and interim solution to protect and respect Saskatchewan First Nations’ interests. “I’m glad to say today we are moving in the right direction with the Ministry of Environment, and we have the foundation for an interim enforcement protocol agreement with commitments of an expanded and more formal protocol agreement in the near future.”

The Treaty #4 territory covers parts of Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Alberta, and includes 35 First Nations.

 

 

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