Thursday, April 24, 2014
Text Size

Queen Elizabeth won’t intervene in N.W.T. devolution act

CBC News

Queen Elizabeth says she will not intervene when it comes to Bill C-15, the act to create devolution in the Northwest Territories.

Dene National Chief Bill Erasmus wrote a letter to the Queen in January, telling her Ottawa is attempting to breach Treaties 8 and 11.

Many aboriginal groups in the Northwest Territories have expressed opposition to the Conservative's devolution bill, which, if passed, would transfer powers over land and resources to the territorial government. In an unexpected move, the bill was also drafted to include a proposed merger of the Northwest Territories’ four land and water boards into a single superboard.

A response to the letter, written by the Queen's senior correspondence officer, says "this is not a matter in which the Queen would intervene."

However, it does note that staff have been instructed to forward the letter to Canada's Governor General, David Johnston.

Erasmus says that's a win for him, and he hopes it sends a clear message to Ottawa.

“The Parliament and the PMO has very limited authority over us,” Erasmus says, “and this is what negotiations are about between our people and the Crown is clarifying what that relationship is. It's not a subordinate one. It is, at the very least, at an equal level.”

Erasmus says he'll request a meeting with the Governor General before devolution comes into effect on April 1st.

He hopes Johnston won't sign Bill C-15, thereby striking it down.

The Dene Leadership, including all the aboriginal groups around the N.W.T., plans to meet March 4 in Dettah, to discuss the bill.

Whatever Trevor

Dis is Trevor.

Blast from the past: FP archive

When is Consultation, Consultation?

Write comment (7 Comments)

Ovide Mercredi

National Chief – AFN

During a Treaty Roundtable meeting of the Alberta Chiefs, I took note of a federal government document outlining their strategy to define and ultimately impose their own form of self-government. Read more...

Letting go of residential schools

Write comment (2 Comments)

by Gilbert Oskaboose, Nov 1993 First Perspective

There is a lot of "unfinished business" in Indian Country. Garbage that we as a people have never really dealt with. Chief among them is the whole issue of those infamous residential schools and their impact on people. Read more...

OBIDIAH

obidiah picture

ANALYSIS - Bill Gallagher

gallagher picture

Under the Northern Sky by Xavier Kataquapit

Under the Northern Sky by Xavier Kataquapit

EVENTS

April 2014
S M T W T F S
30 31 1 2 3 4 5
6 7 8 9 10 11 12
13 14 15 16 17 18 19
20 21 22 23 24 25 26
27 28 29 30 1 2 3
Mon Mar 31 @ 8:00AM - 05:00PM
NICE ‘Indian’ Trust Funds
Fri Apr 04 @ 8:00AM - 05:00PM
THE 21ST ANNUAL ABORIGINAL MIXED CURLING BONSPIEL

John Bigface

imageimageimageimageimage
cartoonscartoonscartoonscartoonscartoons

Current Video

Indigenous Writers Festival 2014 Opening Night

Write comment (0 Comments)

Chief Arlen Dumas Confronts NC Shawn Atleo

Write comment (2 Comments)

Employment