NATIONAL TREATY CHIEFS 1-11 SUPPORT KCN
In 2010, a National Treaty Chiefs gathering in Regina supported by resolution KCN efforts to get federal recognition as a Treaty 5 Nation.
The gathering was held on October 12 -15 at the Conexus Centre, in Regina situated on Treaty 4 Territory. Participating in the gathering were Treaty Chiefs, Headmen and Citizens of the Indigenous Nations from Treaties 1-11.
A resolution was passed acknowledging that the Kaministikominahiko-skak Cree Nation (KCN) people are lawfully recognized by Treaty #5. At the same time, acknowledged KCN’s existence prior to Treaty time, and our ancestors signed an adhesion to Treaty 5 on behalf of several smaller, isolated Bands in Northern Saskatchewan.
However, the former Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations (FSIN) and the Prince Albert Grand Council (PAGC) just ignored the resolution thereby discriminating the KCN people even though their mandate is the protection and implementation of the Spirit and Intent of the Treaties.
In their Treaty Governance, Treaty Implementation Principles (2007) document, FSIN states their mission in fulfilling Treaty as one in which “our governments and institutions will serve and benefit every citizen of every First Nation in a fair and just manner, based on our distinct cultures, laws and customs, according to the Spirit and Intent of Treaty”.
In the resolution, the Treaty Chiefs voiced their concerns on how the Federal government wrongfully, immorally and illegally began an insidious policy of forcibly amalgamating of original Indigenous Treaty Nations.
This policy was used on the KCN people even though they signed an adhesion to Treaty 5 at Cumberland Island, (Kaministikominahiko-skak) in 1876. Since then, the federal government has refused to recognize the KCN people as a separate and distinct Cree nation who signed Treaty 5.
In addition, the resolution states “that the Treaty Chiefs, Headman and Citizens support the John Cochrane First Nation (now the Kaministikominahiko-skak Cree Nation) in their efforts to re-establish to gain all the rights benefits and lands guaranteed under Treaty.
Furthermore, the Treaty Chiefs condemned the amalgamation policies enacted by Canada and demand that those policies supported by legislation be abolished, and in their place a new process based on mutually beneficial relationships that form the intent of our Treaties and together with current international standards.