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Readout: Landmark meeting with Confederacy of Treaty Six

Press Release

Feb 27, 2024

Premier Smith and her cabinet joined a distinguished assembly of Treaty Six First Nations chiefs, marking a pivotal moment in government-to-government relationships. The meeting marked the first time Alberta’s cabinet has joined a meeting with all Treaty Six First Nations leadership.

During the meeting, Alberta’s government and the Confederacy of Treaty Six First Nations reaffirmed their commitment to collaborate in the spirit of respect and partnership. They discussed the priority areas of health care, procurement, economic advancements and utility corridors.

Cabinet ministers who attended the meeting alongside Premier Smith include:

  • Minister of Advanced Education Rajan Sawhney
  • Minister of Affordability and Utilities Nathan Neudorf
  • Minister of Arts, Culture and Status of Women Tanya Fir
  • Minister of Children and Family Services Searle Turton
  • Minister of Education Demetrios Nicolaides
  • Minister of Energy and Minerals Brian Jean
  • Minister of Environment and Protected Areas Rebecca Schulz
  • Minister of Forestry and Parks Todd Loewen
  • Minister of Health Adriana LaGrange
  • Minister of Indigenous Relations Rick Wilson
  • Minister of Infrastructure Pete Guthrie
  • Minister of Justice Mickey Amery
  • Minister of Mental Health and Addiction Dan Williams
  • Minister of Municipal Affairs Ric McIver
  • Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Services Mike Ellis
  • Minister of Seniors, Community and Social Services Jason Nixon
  • Minister of Service Alberta and Red Tape Reduction Dale Nally
  • Minister of Technology and Innovation Nate Glubish
  • Minister of Transportation and Economic Corridors Devin Dreeshen

Leadership from the Confederacy of Treaty Six First Nations who attended alongside Grand Chief Cody Thomas of the Confederacy of Treaty Six First Nations and Enoch Cree Nation include:

  • Chris Arcand, Alexander First Nation
  • Chief Tony Alexis, Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation
  • Chief Gary Lameman, Beaver Lake Cree Nation
  • Chief Kelsey Jacko, Cold Lake First Nations
  • Chief Joel Mykat, Ermineskin Cree Nation
  • Chief Gregory Desjarlais, Frog Lake First Nation
  • Cam Alexis, Kehewin Cree Nation
  • Chief Desmond Bull, Louis Bull Tribe
  • Chief Ralph Cattleman, Montana First Nation
  • Chief Casey Bird, Paul First Nation
  • Chief Vernon Saddleback, Samson Cree Nation




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