Indian and Northern Affairs Canada

Indian and Northern Affairs Canada

October 30, 2009 15:42 ET

Statement From Minister Chuck Strahl on the 20th Anniversary of the Office of the Treaty Commissioner in Saskatchewan

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 30, 2009) - The following statement was released today by the Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Metis and Non-Status Indians, on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the Office of the Treaty Commissioner (OTC) of Saskatchewan and the launch of its Legacy Project:

"I would like to congratulate the Office of the Treaty Commissioner in Saskatchewan for its great work over the past 20 years. From bringing people together for discussions about historic treaties to getting treaty education into schools, this organization has really made a difference in the lives of people in Saskatchewan.

This important body brings together Saskatchewan's First Nations and the governments of Saskatchewan and Canada to discuss historic treaty matters. These meetings have led to many exciting and innovative initiatives, including the historic 1992 Treaty Land Entitlement Agreement. This agreement, signed by 25 First Nations, Saskatchewan and Canada, was the first of its kind to be a framework for the negotiation of Treaty Land Entitlement claims in the province.

Through public education campaigns, the OTC is paving the way toward a better understanding of treaty issues. Its recent "We are all Treaty People" campaign has helped to reinforce the meaning of the treaty relationship across the province by taking treaty education onto the airwaves and into the province's classrooms. Today's launch of the OTC's Legacy Project - an educational project designed to inform Saskatchewanians on the positive impacts of the 1992 Treaty Land Entitlement Agreement - is yet another exciting and innovative outreach campaign.

Treaties are solemn agreements that set out promises, obligations and benefits for both parties. The continuing treaty relationship provides us all - First Nation and non-First Nation - with the opportunity to enjoy the benefits of living together in Canada."

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  • Office of the Honourable Chuck Strahl
    Michelle Yao
    Press Secretary
    Indian and Northern Affairs Canada
    Media Relations