‘Treaty 8 Pushing Fake ‘Sovereignty’’

“The Confederacy of Treaty 6 ‘First Nations’ {‘Aboriginal communities’} and the {Pretend} ‘Sovereign Nation’ Chiefs of Treaty No. 8 have reiterated their criticisms of Alberta Premier Danielle Smith’s signature “Sovereignty Act”, {foolishly} calling it yet another colonial imposition on ‘Indigenous’ peoples.

{Canadian Aboriginals are ‘Indigenous’ to Siberia and Mongolia.}

“An open letter from Nov. 29 points out that the rights of Treaty No. 8 date back to an agreement signed with the Crown in 1899, predating the existence of the Province of Alberta, which was established in 1905.

As signatories to Treaty No. 8, WE ARE Sovereign Peoples”,

the letter says.

{And that’s nothing but a LIE. Here’s the text from Treaty 8:

TREATY 8’: {Alberta and Saskatchewan: Grande Prairie, Peace River, Fort McMurray, Fort Nelson, Fort Smith, Uranium City…}:

And the undersigned Cree, Beaver, Chipewyan and other Indian Chiefs and Headmen, on their own behalf and on behalf of all the Indians whom they represent, DO HEREBY SOLEMNLY PROMISE and engage TO STRICTLY OBSERVE THIS TREATY, and also TO CONDUCT AND BEHAVE THEMSELVES AS GOOD AND LOYAL SUBJECTS of Her Majesty the Queen.

THEY PROMISE AND ENGAGE THAT THEY WILL, IN ALL RESPECTS, OBEY AND ABIDE BY THE LAW; that they will maintain peace between each other, and between themselves and other tribes of Indians, and between themselves and others of Her Majesty’s subjects, whether Indians, half-breeds or whites, this year inhabiting AND HEREAFTER TO INHABIT any part of the said ceded territory; and THAT THEY WILL NOT MOLEST THE PERSON OR PROPERTY of any inhabitant of such ceded tract, or of any other district or country, OR INTERFERE WITH OR TROUBLE ANY PERSON, PASSING OR TRAVELLING THROUGH THE SAID TRACT or any part thereof, and that they will assist the officers of Her Majesty in bringing to justice and punishment any Indian offending against the stipulations of this Treaty or infringing the law in force in the country so ceded…

https://www.rcaanc-cirnac.gc.ca/eng/1100100028813/1581293624572#chp4 }

“It proceeds to call the “Alberta Sovereignty Within a United Canada Act”, or ‘Bill 1’,

another unlawful attempt to continue the province’s deliberate abuse and exploitation of our peoples, lands, territories, and resources”.

“Smith’s claim the legislation will protect Alberta’s “prosperity and constitutional jurisdiction” is nonsensical, “given that the province is a creature of the Canadian Constitution and more importantly, we are the land title holders of Treaty No. 8, and this province has prospered enough”, the letter says.

{we are the land title holders of Treaty No. 8

–In the ‘Delgamu’ukw’ Canadian Supreme Court ruling, the court made it clear that their land title ruling was only for that one specific case, and that each land title claim would have to be separately adjudicated. Since Treaty 8 tribes have not done this, they have no business proclaiming what amounts to a lie…}

The problem here Albertans is, this prosperity has been grossly mismanaged by your governments just like they have mismanaged our lands, waters, environment, and territories.”

{Unlike how you so ‘successfully manage’ your reserves?}

“The ‘Alberta Sovereignty Act’, in its original inception, would allow Cabinet to forbid provincial agencies from enforcing federal legislation it deems unconstitutional or unfair to Alberta. It has been panned by most legal experts {?} for subverting the will of the legislature.

“A Nov. 23 news release from the Confederacy of Treaty 6 ‘First Nations’ calls the proposed legislation a

dangerous and damaging plan to undermine democracy and abandon the rule of law”.

By using the word ‘sovereignty’ in the name of this proposed Act, Premier Smith should not pretend to have authority over {pretend} ‘sovereign’ ‘First Nations’,”

{The ‘pretending’ is that Alberta Aboriginals are “sovereign First Nations”}

the release says, calling on Albertans and ‘Indigenous’ {sic} peoples to

come together to oppose this move from the Alberta government”.

Being humble, listening and continuing to learn does not seem to be on Premier Danielle Smith’s agenda”,

it said.

“Chief Tony Alexis of Alexis Nakota Sioux ‘First Nation’ {a ‘nation’ of 2,188 people}, which is part of Treaty No. 6, told APTN News that the Smith government only reached out to ‘First Nations’ leaders after the leadership of Treaties 6, 7 and 8 jointly denounced the act, which was drafted without their consultation, on Nov. 18.

{The government had no need – or obligation – to consult them on this…}

It was like we are not important enough to be spoken to …”

{No more important than other Albertans, who also were not consulted}

“It was only after our press conference that they decided they were going to reach out”,

Alexis said.

“While the bill says none of its contents can infringe on ‘Indigenous’ rights {!!!}, Alexis says this doesn’t go far enough.

The area that talks about ‘Indigenous’ people … it should be crossed out and in its place it should say it will not violate treaty and ‘inherent rights’,

he said.

We are at the point now where it has become political football.

“Treaty 7 has not issued an additional statement, as it is in the midst of several elections, APTN reports.

{Treaties 6 and 7 have similar ‘land surrender’ clauses to Treaty 8:


https://www.rcaanc-cirnac.gc.ca/eng/1100100028793/1581292336658 }

“A spokesperson for Smith told APTN the Premier and Minister of ‘Indigenous’ Relations Rick Wilson are in the process of reaching out to the chiefs of Treaties 6, 7 and 8

to book in-person meetings for the purposes of direct discussions on this issue including building upon shared values of economic prosperity and autonomy from the federal government”.

“As a result of the backlash against her proposed legislation, Smith announced amendments on Dec. 5, which include legislative oversight for every step of the process and a narrowing of the scope of federal legislation that can be challenged under the bill.

The measures must be unconstitutional, according to MLAs, interfere with provincial jurisdiction, or violate the charter rights of Albertans”,

Michelle Bellefontaine of CBC News wrote.

“But NDP Leader Rachel Notley said her party won’t support any tweaks to this bill, which she described as being damaged beyond repair.

{Their support is not needed…}


–‘Treaty Chiefs Slam Bill 1 For Ignoring Indigenous Sovereignty’,

Jeremy Appel, Alberta Native News, DECEMBER 7, 2022



“In 1908, the Tuhoe chief Rua Kenana came down from his mountain stronghold to discuss matters of state with Prime Minister Sir Joseph Ward. To Rua’s question on the issue of sovereignty, Ward replied:


–‘There can be only ‘one sun in the sky’ and that’s the Crown’,

Ewen McQueen, New Zealand Herald, Jan. 22, 2013

See also:

Pretending To Be Sovereign’ (Yellowknives Dene ‘First Nation’) {Jan.28, 2021}:

“This Aboriginal tribe wants to ‘take back its sovereignty’ by using Canadian taxpayers’ funds. Someone needs to teach them the meaning of the English word “sovereignty” {“supreme power or authority”, “a self-governing state”}. In addition, they need to read ‘Treaty 8’. There is no entitlement to”free housing”…

Under our Treaty that was signed on July 25, 1900 in Fort Resolution, N.W.T. We’re entitled to free housing. Transfer ownership to me because they’re not fulfilling their treaty obligation.”



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