Wabanaki Confederacy Statement regarding illegal negotiations and comprehensive land claim settlements

Wabanaki Confederacy Statement regarding illegal negotiations and comprehensive land claim settlements

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John Ahni Schertow
March 15, 2013
 

DATE: March 4, 2013

TO: Prime Minister of Canada, Stephen Harper,
Quebec PM, Pauline Marois
NB Premier, David Alward
Nova Scotia Premier, Darrell Dexter
Prince Edward Island Premier, Robert Ghiz
Assembly of First Nations, Grand Chief Shawn Atleo
Atlantic Policy Congress, Chief Terry Paul
MMS, Troy Jerome
KMK, Representative
OAS IACHR Commissioner, Rose-Marie Belle Antoine
U.N. High Commissioner on Human Rights, Navanathem Pillay,
U.N. Special Rapporteur, James Anaya
President Amnesty International Canada, Sarah Beamish,
Maine Governor, Paul LePage
President, Barack Obama

FROM: Wabanaki Confederacy, an alliance that was formed between the Penobscot, Passamaquoddy, Mi’kmaq and Maliseet Tribal Nations in the mid 1700’s, to protect the Wabanaki Peoples and to ensure the survival of the traditional cultural and spiritual way of life that was given to the Wabanaki People by the Creator.

SUBJECT: Urgent repudiation and immediate redress of the ongoing illegal negotiations and comprehensive land claim settlements between Canada and the colonial Indian Act regimes that are being signed without consent, and in direct opposition to the wishes of the peoples and which present a non-reconcilable conflict of interest.

Notice is hereby served that the peoples of the Wabanaki Confederacy Nations, with the support of allies across the globe, do hereby declare that we will in no way be legally bound by the jurisdiction of the Indian Act, nor will we be bound by the illegal tripartite agreements being negotiated in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick by the Atlantic Policy Congress, the Assembly of First Nations Chiefs of New Brunswick and the AFN Regional Chiefs, or any other group constructed for the purpose of negotiating on behalf of the First Nations or Aboriginal peoples of Canada. These agreements represent ongoing practices of genocide and policies of apartheid against the Indigenous and Aboriginal peoples of North America. These agreements also present a non-reconcilable conflict of interest and they are in direct violation of treaty law and international law.

Further, we declare that these agreements are barred by jurisdictional prohibitions under treaty law and international law and that the jurisdiction of the self appointed Indian Act “chiefs” does not extend over the traditional lands of the Wabanaki Peoples. This notice will be followed by a formal complaint within ninety (90) days.

Signed,

Penobscot Representative

Maliseet Representative

Mi’kmaq Representative

Passamaquoddy Representative

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