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Assembly of First Nations supports legal challenge against Ontario government’s failure to uphold Treaty 9 obligations – NetNewsLedger

April 16, 2023

OTTAWA – The Assembly of First Nations (AFN) has adopted a Resolution supporting a legal challenge by the Treaty 9 Nations against the Government of Ontario’s failure to uphold the Crown’s obligations under Treaty 9. The resolution was passed during the AFN’s Special Chiefs Assembly held on Tuesday.

The litigation seeks to challenge the government’s failure to protect the Treaty rights and way of life of the Chapleau Cree First Nation, Missanabie Cree First Nation, and Brunswick House First Nation from the cumulative impacts of resource development.

National Chief RoseAnne Archibald stated that the provinces are benefiting from First Nations’ land and that the legal action highlights the importance of Nation-to-Nation prosperity and mutual benefit.

The legal action is a crucial step towards enforcing the Crown’s obligations to uphold its Treaty promises and ensuring Indigenous Peoples can maintain their culture and way of life. It also draws attention to the cumulative environmental impacts of resource development in Treaty 9 and across the Boreal Forest.

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