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Premier Scott Moe fights feds over First Nations natural resources comment – Global News

April 11, 2023

A comment made by the federal justice minister last week has both Premier Scott Moe and the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations excited for different reasons.

Federal Minister David Lametti was at the Assembly of First Nations’ Special Chiefs Assembly in Ottawa on April 5 and was prodded about the 1930s Natural Resources Transfer Agreements by a member of Prince Albert Grand Council.

“We want to say what we said (April 4), and that’s to rescind the act, the Natural Resources Transfer Act that affects the provinces of Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta. That’s what we’re asking you, minister, as an action item with a statement,” said Grand Chief Brian Hardlotte, who added this is affecting treaty rights of First Nations people.

“I can’t pronounce right now, but I do commit to looking at that,” was the response given by Lametti, which caused Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe to take to Twitter.

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