Read the August/September 2021 issue of Achimowina – NCN’s community, government, business, arts and events news.

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The Summit of Treaty 5 Sovereign Nations

Last month, a group of NCN Citizens attended the Summit of Treaty 5 Sovereign Nations in Cumberland House, Saskatchewan.

Attendees included a group of about ten Elders, and Councillors Ron Spence, Cheyenne Colombe, Jeremiah Spence, and Willie Moore, who also presented at the Summit.

“There’s a lot of work to be done for Treaty 5. From Ontario and right across to Alberta, the goals are the same, so sharing our knowledge and wisdom and successes is helpful,” says Councillor Ron Spence. “The government isn’t upholding its responsibilities, so the better we come together as a collective, the stronger we are.”

Topics over the three-day event included self-government models, treaty annuities and sharing of wealth, Crown-First Nation coexistence and fiscal relations, Treaty 5 constitution, Onasiwaokamik (Law Lodge), and First Nation ownership of natural resources.

While Spence enjoyed learning about the history of the Cumberland House area, he was most inspired by learning more about the history of the Treaties.

“I realized we need to develop a curriculum of our own about our own history, not the version from when the Europeans came over. I mean our background, our surroundings, our way of life before settlers came,” Spence says. “Students today don’t know what things looked like here in NCN before the flood. They don’t know what our natural beach looked like. It must be difficult for them to feel connected to their surroundings.”

The Summit of Treaty 5 Sovereign Nations is an annual event hosted by a different First Nation every year. Cumberland House Cree Nation is a Swampy Cree First Nation on the eastern border of Saskatchewan, four hours west of The Pas.

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