Treaty 8 Grand Chief ‘in­sulted’ by idea of land be­ing sold with­out con­sul­ta­tion


ED­MON­TON—Grand Chief Arthur Noskey said the First Na­tions peo­ple of Treaty 8 are “in­sulted” by United Con­ser­va­tive Party leader Ja­son Ken­ney’s sug­ges­tion that land in their ter­ri­tory could be sold off to farm­ers with­out any con­sid­er­a­tion or con­sul­ta­tion.

“When we signed treaty with the Queen, it said our hunt­ing, our fish­ing, our trap­ping, liv­ing off the land would re­main as if we never en­tered treaty. Ev­ery time there are land sales or when it comes to the oil and gas in­dus­try or farm­ing, there needs to be a con­sul­ta­tion process,” said Noskey, speak­ing to me­dia in the ro­tunda of the Al­berta Leg­is­la­ture on Thurs­day. Ed­ward Downey is charged with first-de­gree mur­der.

Ed­ward Downey is charged with first-de­gree mur­der in the July 2016 deaths of Sara Bail­lie and her five-year-old child, Taliyah Mars­man, and has pleaded not guilty to both counts.

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