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- Created: Monday, 09 September 2013 14:46
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The Sault Star
To mark the anniversary of the signing of the Robinson Huron Treaty in 1850, Serpent River First Nation residents will demonstrate Monday on Highway 17 East at the trading post, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Demonstrators are expected to make speeches and and also hand out pamphlets to motorists.
The First Nation, which is a signatory of the treaty, said in a press release that traffic slow-downs are expected during the demonstration.
Specific concerns include proposals by neighbouring non-First Nation communities to establish a deep repository program for nuclear waste, as well as cottage lot development, outstanding land claims and future mining plans.
Serpent River chief and council say their concerns must be discussed and understood by governments.
They say the treaty relationship is broken and requires reconciliation.
“The Indian Act and other ‘indian’ policy is imposed and has done nothing more than oppress First Nations and forces their communities to administer poverty to their people – not the intent of treaties,” stated Chief Isadore Day.
“We simply cannot allow unjust and neglect of the treaty to continue, further we cannot remain silent while the next generation watches trucks drive by carrying resources that were to be shared while we have no access or while the lands being developed or stripped are damaged beyond reason. We direct this message to all heads of other governments and corporations neglecting the treaty. We must correct the collective path of treaty, or there ceases to be legitimacy of what is referred to as this country called Canada,” Day added.
Robinson Huron Treaty is a pre-Confederation treaty that was signed by Anishinabe across the northern shores of Lake Huron.