CBC- N.W.T. Indigenous leaders say Peel decision shows Canada ust honour treaties. Dene national chief calls on PM to make statement at AFN meeting
When she heard the news, Gwich’in Tribal Council President Bobbie Jo Greenland-Morgan was still at home with her family, getting ready for the day. “Our family just cheered and were happy because it just means so much to the Gwich’in,” she said of Friday’s Supreme Court of Canada ruling…¦.
Greenland-Morgan says the ruling strengthens the interpretation of treaties and land-claim agreements between Indigenous groups and different levels of government across Canada. But that’s not all. “It restores faith that maybe we can actually trust the system and the democracy and the honouring of the obligations that the government has to us,” she said.
…Dene National Chief Bill Erasmus said the decision demonstrates that Canada as a country is only as strong as the government’s respect for its treaty obligations. “I think it’s really important that the territories, the provinces and the federal government step back and take a good look at these agreements and not challenge them,” he said. “Because when they do that they are tearing the fabric of the country apart.”
Erasmus recalled how the Dene Nation and other Indigenous groups across the country had a hard time celebrating Canada 150 this year because of court battles like the one over the Peel. He called on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to stand up at the Special Chiefs Assembly in Ottawa this week and tell the chiefs in attendance that he respects the Government of Canada’s treaty obligations