(Treaty 6 Territory, Saskatoon, SK) – On the day of Donald Trump’s inauguration as President of the United States, the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations expressed their hope for the new United States Government to respect the rights of Indigenous people in accordance with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

“Our people have lived in our traditional territories migrating north and south for centuries long before there was a border,” said FSIN Chief Bobby Cameron. “We have the inherent right and the Jay Treaty to travel freely in North America.”

The FSIN stands in solidarity with tribal governments in their efforts to maintain their rights, sovereignty and their territories. The FSIN hopes for a respectful relationship between US tribal governments and the new White House administration. First Nations people are the stewards and the protectors of the land and water for future generations.

“The governments and their representatives need to remember that any time they discuss anything that impacts us without our partnership and acknowledgement they are breaching their Treaty obligations to the first peoples of these lands,” said Chief Cameron. “We are not going anywhere and we are all working toward the betterment of our people whether it’s First Nations, settlers or new comers. Our rights must be respected.”

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