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June 2, 2021
The Confederacy of Treaty Six First Nations has dissolved a protocol agreement it signed with Alberta’s UCP government last December that was supposed to help the two governments work together to address economic and social issues.
When it was signed, the two sides called it a solid foundation for genuine dialogue and a collaborative relationship to work on mutual priorities, but Grand Chief Okimaw Vernon Watchmaker says it didn’t work out that way.
“Signing that agreement was in good faith to work together, not one party to determine the other party’s future,” Watchmaker said in an interview with Global News on Wednesday.
Watchmaker said the UCP government has passed several pieces of legislation and introduced new policies that impact First Nations without any consultation, pointing to Bill 1, which prohibits protests on pieces of infrastructure deemed by the government to be critical, and the removal of the coal policy.
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