Ecumenical leaders write Prime Minister Trudeau concerning duty to consult with First Nations

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Published On: March 12, 2019
We hope, as you enter the upcoming legislative session, that you will choose to go beyond the limits of consultation expressed in Mikisew.

On November 9, 2018, Moderator Richard Bott and Executive Minister Maggie Dieter (Indigenous Ministries and Justice) joined with 10 other ecumenical leaders in a letter to Prime Minister Trudeau, the Minister of Justice, the Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations, and the Minister of Indigenous Services concerning the recent Supreme Court of Canada decision in Mikisew Cree Nation v. Canada.

The suit argued that two omnibus bills brought forward in 2012 affected Mikisew Cree Nation’s treaty rights to hunt, trap, and fish, and that it therefore should have been consulted. The Court decided that the duty to consult First Nations does not extend to legislative matters.

The ecumenical community, citing its long-term support for the principle of self-determination, urges the Government to “go beyond the limits of consultation expressed in Mikisew to ensure that Indigenous Peoples are fully involved in decision-making on matters that affect them.”

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