Saskatchewan Examiner

Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Consult us, prior to selling Sask land – First Nations Leaders

The continued sale of Crown land has alarmed the First Nations leaders who feel the province has to consult them before selling more Sask land.

  • The government acknowledges the fears of First Nations Leaders and said it is a work in progress.
  • Justin Burns says it feels like it’s the “province’s way or the highway”.
  • More than 8 thousand acres of public land may be sold to a private company, prompting quick protests from First Nations Leaders.
First Nations Leaders raise concerns with the province putting 8000 acres of Sask land on auction.

First Nations leaders had been on the Saskatchewan Legislature Tuesday to a specific challenge over the continued sale of Crown land and urge the province to seek advice from Indigenous people.
James Smith Cree Nation’s councilor Justin Burns stated the decision feels like it’s the province’s way “or the highway.”

Burns stated that they need them to work collectively with the province right here in terms of handling quite a few of their troubles however in terms of the obligation to consult, there’s no negotiation whatsoever.
More than 8,000 acres of Crown land are at the public sale block this week because the authorities step up the sale of its property. It’s being offered online thru a non-public company.

Shirley Wolfe-Keller, an Elder and committee member with the Anishinabe Nation Treaty Authority, stated they’re worried approximately destiny generations.
Betty Nippi-Albright, the NDP Opposition critic for First Nations and Métis Relations and Truth and Reconciliation, pursued the problem throughout Tuesday’s query period.
She requested an essential query to the provincial authorities that what top are the rights to hunt, fish, and accumulate if there is not any Crown land left for the locals to do this on?
The authorities recounted there are worries approximately the session procedure that takes area simply previous to crown land being offered. That technique might be reviewed, however, the modern public sale will proceed.

Don McMorris, minister of presidency members of the family and minister answerable for First Nations, Métis, and Northern Affairs, stated the authorities’ procedure has been working, however, it takes time.
He stated that he trusts the Government of Saskatchewan has been running properly and could maintain to work with the trust to settle those claims as fast because it probably can while dealing with the issue at 3 different levels of bureaucracy.

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