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August 11, 2016

GRAND CHIEF REAFFIRMS PREDOMINANCE OF TREATY No. 9

TAYKWA TAGAMOU NATION (August 11, 2016): Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler reaffirmed NAN’s unwavering resolve to protect and defend their homelands during his address to Chiefs-in-Assembly to close the XXXV Keewaywin Conference today.

Through the following statement, he reasserted the predominance of Treaty No. 9 in light of legal action by the Quebec-based Cree Nation of Eeyou Istchee claiming Aboriginal rights and title to lands in Ontario, including lands covered by Treaty No. 9.

“We are united in our resolve to protect and assert our rightful authority and jurisdiction over our homelands. Any effort by any government to undermine the Treaty, ancestral or territorial rights of our First Nations will be decisively fought at both the political and legal levels. It is no accident that we held this Assembly in Taykwa Tagamou Nation, which is in Treaty No. 9 territory, whose homelands are impacted by this claim. Nishnawbe Aski Nation is committed to defending the homelands of our member Nations and asserting their rightful jurisdiction and authority over their traditional territory. We are disappointed with the action taken by our Cree cousins of Quebec and we hope they will reconsider and withdraw their claim, but we will support the efforts of all NAN First Nations to protect their rights in their traditional territories.

On March 7, 2016 the Quebec Cree announced legal action in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice against the governments of Canada and Ontario seeking Aboriginal rights and title over approximately 48,000 square kilometres of land in the traditional territory of several First Nations that are members of NAN and the Mushkegowuk Council, along the southwestern shore of James Bay and the Ontario-Quebec border.

For more information please contact: Tamara Piche, Communications Officer – Nishnawbe Aski Nation (807) 625-4906 or cell (807) 621-5549 or by email tpiche@nan.on.ca.

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