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Support Letter to Attawapiskat Cree Nation

JOHN COCHRANE FIRST NATION
Kaministikominahiko-skak Cree People
Sub Office – 304D, 1401- 28th St. E., Prince Albert, Saskatchewan.

December 8, 2011

Chief Spence
P.O. Box 248
Attawapiskat, Ontario
POL 1AO

Dear Chief Spence,

I have been watching your recent press conferences on CBC television and I am very impressed with the leadership direction you are taking and with the support of Grand Chief Loutitt.

Extinguishing Indian title to land...Federal government of the day reduced the number of Treaty Indians as a cost saving exercise

Canadians Need To Know What is Going on in Their Own Back Yard

Canadians need to know what is going on in their own back yard!

Isn’t it ironic that Canada just celebrated it’s 144th birthday while basking in the glow of being known as a diverse and accepting nation (where people from other countries are welcomed with open arms), and yet the Original People of this Nation continue to fight for their right for recognition and to have Canada honour the spirit and intent of our Treaties? We are Canadians too!

Background and Options for Reinstating the John Cochrane Band

The Issue

Unfinished Treaty Business

The Request

To determine the status of the John Cochrane Band and to take action to reinstate the band and its membership.

Reason for Request

At the present time the John Cochrane Band is not recognized as a separate Band by Indian and Northern Affairs Canada.

Facts

There is a great deal of uncertainty regarding action the Indian Department took since the

Did You Know.........

Long before the arrival of Europeans, the numerous family clans of the Kaministikominahiko-skak Cree Nation, also known as the John Cochrane First Nation lived in the Cumberland Delta on the island of Cumberland House and the surrounding areas and along the North Saskatchewan River. There were hundreds of families spread across many miles living in their Traditional territories.

Upcomming Band Meeting

JOHN COCHRANE FIRST NATION
Sub Office 304D 1401 -28th St. E. Prince Albert, Sask. S6V 6Z8

General Membership Meeting
11:00 am, Monday, Sept 6, 2010
Little Hall, Next to the Catholic Church Rectory

AGENDA

1. Opening Prayer
2. Review and Adoption of Agenda
3. Report on Indian Government Commission Meeting in Saskatoon (Jan,2010)
4. Report on Meeting with the Pine Bluff Band ( April 19,2010)
5. Issues Surrounding Band Membership in the FSIN
6. Discussion on Legal Challenges
7. Resolutions
7. New Web Page- (johncochrane.ca). Check it out.

CHIEF LONECHILD BREACHES FSIN (Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations) CONVENTION

Chief Lonechild has unlawfully assumed authority and mandate to determine the status of the John Cochrane membership and participation in the FSIN.

In an official response from the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations (FSIN) May 31, 2010, Chief Lonechild stated “Our office is bound by the FSIN Convention which mandates us to promote the interests of FSIN signatories, we will not and cannot recognize the John Cochrane First Nation at this time”, Lonechild went onto state “it is our mandate to promote the interests of bands who are able to qualify as bands in Saskatchewan”.

Report Regarding Meeting Between the Cumberland House Cree Nation and John Cochrane Band

JOHN COCHRANE FIRST NATION
Kaministikominahiko-skak Cree People
Sub Office – 304D, 1401- 28th St. E.,
Prince Albert, Saskatchewan
S6V 6Z8

April 20, 2010
Chief Guy Lonechild, FSIN
And The Indian Government Commission

Dear Chief Lonechild,

Pine Bluff Chief Refuses to Sign Protocal Agreement

PROTOCOL AGREEMENT
April 19, 2010

Between

Kamectagwacagasihk Cree People
(Cumberland House Cree Nation)

And
The John Cochrane First Nation
(Kaministikominahiko-skak Cree people)

Whereas, Chief John Cochrane affixed his mark to a Treaty 5 adhesion on September 7, 1876; and

Whereas, Chief John Cochrane affixed his mark to a Treaty 5 adhesion on behalf of the Kamectagwacagasihk, the Cree people who lived in the vicinity of Pine Bluff, and the Kaministikominahiko-skak, the Cree people who lived on the Cumberland Island; and

Letter to FSIN Chiefs

JOHN COCHRANE FIRST NATION
Kaministikominahiko-skak Cree People
Sub Office – 304D, 1401- 28th St. E., Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, S6V 6Z8

October 30, 2009

To: Chiefs of Member Nations – Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations

Tansi Chief,

On behalf of the John Cochrane First Nation Kaministikominahiko-skak Cree people I wish to provide you with some background on John Cochrane First Nation, our traditional territories and why we have been in a 134 year battle with the federal government for reinstatement of our Treaty rights.