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Jurisdiction critical for First Nations in nation-to-nation relationship

Confederation was based on the fiction that First Nations title and jurisdiction didn’t exist — a founding myth that has been busted many times by the courts in the last 40 years.
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Now is the time to commit ourselves to creating protected First Nation powers and revenue authorities within the FMA. This would help complete Confederation and bring about reconciliation. It would reject the notion that indigenous people can’t govern themselves. It would provide an option to implement many recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. It would provide a true nation-to-nation option.

As we enter the 150th year of Confederation, we are ready for the dawn of a new era for this country.

Vancouver Sun • July 9, 2017

Wendy Purnell