Treaty, Fiscal and Economic Terrorism at The Heart of C-27 First Nations Transparency and Accountability Act

by ahnationtalk on September 17, 2014908 Views

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Treaty, Fiscal and Economic Terrorism at
The Heart of C-27 First Nations Transparency and Accountability Act

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September 16, 2014…Treaty No.6 territory, (Edmonton, Alberta) …The Minister of Indian and Northern Affairs of Canada, Bernard Valcourt was invited to attend this week’s Assembly of Treaty Chiefs (AOTC) meeting, comprised of Chiefs of Treaty No.6, Treaty No.7 & Treaty No.8. The meeting starts today and among the highlighted topics is C-27. The lack of federal leadership in attendance at the Assembly shows the disregard and further breakdown in the relationship that this current Harper regime has with Treaty Nations.

On September 3, 2014, Treaty Nations gathered to unite their voices on C-27- the First Nations Financial Transparency and Accountability Act. These Treaty Nations all agreed that C-27 is unconstitutional and violates the Treaties. Treaty Nations did not give their Free, Prior and Informed consent to C-27. This is not about the lack of fiscal responsibilities but the imbalance that this legislation will create in Indigenous economic participation by giving away proprietary and competitive information to competitors in industry and trade. All in attendance were in agreement to reject C-27. Their collective vision includes challenging the constitutional validity of the legislation.  Indian Affairs is attempting to implement the legislation so that Treaty Nations share and post all financial activities on the internet.

“Differential and harmful treatment of Indigenous Peoples makes this law arbitrarily discriminatory and based in racism. We do not recognize any legislation imposing a mischaracterization of Treaty monies that are held in trust,” stated Chief Wallace Fox of the Onion Lake Cree Nation.

We have a window of opportunity to repeal the legislation and we are organizing our legal positions. Treaty Nations always and continue to be accountable to their Peoples. We don’t need the State of Canada imposing their ideals and laws on what transparency means in our communities. We have seen in the media that the Harper regime hasn’t had much accountability and transparency to all Treaty Nations and Canadians.

“We recognize the federal government’s attempts in advancing this law to limit, control & contain Indigenous Nations’ economic participation within the racist policies and law under the Indian Act. Once again, Minister Valcourt has overstepped his jurisdiction and we will challenge him and Prime Minister, Stephen Harper in their attempts to effect this unconstitutional law,” stated Grand Chief Derek Nepinak of the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs (September 3, 2014).

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