Southern Dakelh Nation Alliance and Canada celebrate key step on path of renewal and reconciliation

News release

July 22, 2018 - William’s Lake, BC - Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada

Today, the Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations, Carolyn Bennett and the Southern Dakelh Nation Alliance, signed a Recognition of Indigenous Rights and Self-Determination Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).

The goal of Recognition of Indigenous Rights and Self-Determination discussion tables is to bring greater flexibility to negotiations based on the recognition of rights, respect, cooperation and partnership.

The MOU outlines the priorities identified by the Southern Dakelh Nation Alliance, and will be used as a starting point for continuing discussions. This joint work is being undertaken with the goal of working together toward shared solutions that help to, advance reconciliation and strengthen relationships for everyone’s benefit.

Quotes

“The signing of the Memorandum of Understanding with the Southern Dakelh Nation Alliance is an important step on our path to Canada’s commitment to building relationships with Indigenous peoples based upon the recognition of rights, respect, cooperation and partnership. I am honoured to be part of today’s signing and look forward to working collaboratively with the leadership of the Southern Dakelh Nation Alliance in addressing their challenges and harnessing the opportunities.”

The Honourable Carolyn Bennett, M.D., P.C., M.P.
Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations

“This moment is a recognition that the paths of the past are no more, and that the legacy of the denial of our rights has given way to the recognition of our title and rights and a brighter and healthier future for our people.”

Chief Clifford Lebrun
Southern Dakelh Nation Alliance

Quick facts

  • The Southern Dakelth Nation Alliance was established in 2016.

  • The Southern Dakelth Nation Alliance includes four nations (Lhoosk’uz Dené Nation, Lhtako Dené Nation, Nazko First Nation and Ulkatcho Nation), whose traditional territories extend throughout the Northern Interior of British Columbia.

  • The Government of Canada is working with Indigenous communities at about 60 discussion tables across the country to explore new ways of working together to advance the recognition of Indigenous rights and self-determination. These discussions represent more than 320 Indigenous communities, with a total population of more than 700,000 people.

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James Fitz-Morris                                              
Director of Communications and Issues Management                 
Office of the Honourable Carolyn Bennett
819-997-0002

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