Lubicon Lake Indian Nation
Little Buffalo Lake, AB
3536 - 106 Street
Edmonton, AB T6J 1A4
April 2, 1990
The newly elected Chief of the Woodland Cree Band recently attended a meeting of Treaty 8 Chiefs and was unanimously denied recognition.
Treaty 8 covers an enormous area completely surrounding the traditional Lubicon territory. As such the Chiefs of Treaty 8 know what Indian Nations have traditionally occupied the area.
Professional Federal Government propagandist Ken Colby denied that refusal of the Treaty 8 Chiefs to recognize the Woodland Cree Band "changes" the legitimacy of the Woodland Cree Band. One can only wonder what "legitimacy" Mr. Colby's talking about.
Enclosed for your information is a copy of the unanimous resolution passed by the Treaty 8 Chiefs and related media coverage.
RESOLUTION OF GRAND COUNCIL OF TREATY 8 NATIONS
PROPOSED BY: Chief Pat Marcel, Ft. Chipewyan Nation
SECONDED BY: Chief Charles Beaver, Bigstone Cree Nation
REGARDING: The Canadian Government's use of Section 17 of the Indian Act
to undermine the Lubicon Lake Nation and other Treaty 8 First Nations' jurisdiction and rights over citizenship and traditional Lands and Resources
WHEREAS the Treaty 8 Nations hereby gathered on this 8th day of March, 1990, strongly support the Lubicon Lake Nation and its inherent jurisdiction to determine its own membership and to the ownership of the Lands and Resources in its Traditional Territory; and,
WHEREAS the Canadian Government has sought to undermine the rights and jurisdiction of the Lubicon Lake Nation by the creation of the Woodland Cree Band; and,
WHEREAS this oppressive action on the part of the government of Canada contravenes the spirit and intent of Treaty 8 entered into in 1899 by the British Crown and the sovereign Nations of Treaty #8;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED the Grand Council of Treaty 8 Nations condemns the actions of Canadian government and resolves to not recognize the Woodland Cree Band.
Passed unanimously by the Grand Council of Treaty 8 Nations at Edmonton, Alberta, this eighth (8th) day of March, 1990