Chiefs additionally voted in favour of supporting First Nations in Saskatchewan of their opposition to the Saskatchewan First Act tabled by Saskatchewan Social gathering Premier Scott Moe.

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OTTAWA — Chiefs on the Meeting of First Nations voted Thursday to publicly oppose the Liberal authorities’s proposed gun-control laws and stand towards sovereignty payments in Saskatchewan and Alberta’s legislatures.

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All three payments would infringe on treaty rights, the First Nations leaders mentioned.

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An modification to Invoice C-21, which is presently being debated by members of Parliament, goals to create an evergreen definition for “assault-style” weapons and enshrine it in regulation, permitting the federal government to ban tons of of fashions of firearms.

Some First Nations leaders say they’re involved to see rifles used for searching on the record and voted to take a stand towards the invoice, which they are saying infringes on their treaty rights.

“We completely oppose this invoice,” Chief Dylan Whiteduck of Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg advised the gathering.

He says these weapons are a “software,” not a weapon.

The AFN, a nationwide advocacy group representing greater than 600 First Nations throughout the nation, had beforehand raised issues in regards to the laws’s potential results on searching rights at a gathering of the Home of Commons committee that’s learning the invoice.

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On Thursday, chiefs carried an emergency decision that was delivered to the ground with unanimous assist at their particular meeting. It known as on the AFN to push the federal government to make adjustments to the invoice, together with making certain that lengthy weapons utilized by First Nations hunters don’t fall below the ban, and enhance its consultations with affected teams.

Chiefs additionally voted in favour of supporting First Nations in Saskatchewan of their opposition to the Saskatchewan First Act tabled by Saskatchewan Social gathering Premier Scott Moe.

And the meeting affirmed that Indigenous leaders in Alberta might rely on its assist of their struggle towards the province’s personal Sovereignty Act, launched final week by United Conservative Social gathering Premier Danielle Smith.

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After delivering a speech to the meeting on his authorities’s commitments to reconciliation, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was pressed on the difficulty. A consultant from Onion Lake Cree Nation, situated close to the Saskatchewan-Alberta border, requested why the federal authorities, as a signatory to treaties, wasn’t doing extra to oppose such laws.

“We’re extraordinarily involved about what the Sovereignty Act in Alberta and Invoice 88 in Saskatchewan symbolize when it comes to challenges to treaty rights which are elementary in Canada and must be revered,” Trudeau advised the chiefs.

He added that provincial governments can move legal guidelines that his authorities disagrees with, however the way in which to problem them is thru the courts, not within the political ring.

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On the subject of weapons, Public Security Minister Marco Mendicino, who additionally spoke on the occasion on Thursday, advised reporters that he respects the AFN’s proper to voice issues with laws.

“This isn’t a straightforward debate, it doesn’t matter what your perspective or your background,” he mentioned. “That is an emotional debate.”

Mendicino repeated that the regulation is designed to maintain weapons such because the AR-15 out of individuals’s palms — to not goal rifles utilized by Indigenous hunters.

Requested in regards to the chance that hunters’ weapons may very well be faraway from the federal government’s proposed definition of banned firearms, the minister deferred to the MPs who’re nonetheless learning the invoice.

He mentioned he’s open to extra debate on the matter and respects the parliamentary course of. “I believe we will transfer ahead and I believe that the AFN, I hope, contemplates that.”

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Earlier, in his handle to the gang, Mendicino famous that Indigenous persons are disproportionately affected by gun violence.

Federal NDP Chief Jagmeet Singh, who additionally addressed chiefs earlier within the day, advised them he shares their issues in regards to the gun laws’s impact on treaty rights.

“Any modification that in any method contravenes your treaty rights is an modification that we’ll not assist,” Singh mentioned.

Conservative Chief Pierre Poilievre, who is among the most vocal critics of the invoice and the modification, didn’t seem in individual to ship his first message to the chiefs as occasion chief. As a substitute, Poilievre supplied a brief video, wherein he spoke about his assist for serving to nations obtain financial reconciliation. It was performed earlier than chiefs had been set to debate a set of resolutions relating to residential faculty survivors.

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After the video ended, just a few boos may very well be heard from the viewers. Nipissing First Nation Chief Scott McLeod walked to a microphone within the room and pleaded with organizers to “not ever once more put a video like that forward of our residential faculty survivors,” which earned applause from the gang.

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