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Air, water, soil, game, plants and fish are being contaminated with mercury and other toxins emitted by the oil sands industry, jeopardizing human health” (par. 1 (2016): Political Science Undergraduate Review: Vol 2, Issue 1, Political Science Undergraduate Association (PSUA). The exploitation of the oil sands is destroying Canada’s natural environments, which directly impedes upon Indigenous people’s ability to pursue their traditional livelihood.
More than 150 years of disputes over treaty interpretations between the Indigenous populations and federal government have critically characterized Canada’s history. Specifically, Treaty 6 is an agreement between the Crown and the Plains and Woods Cree, Assiniboine, and other band governments at Fort Carlton and Fort Pitt. Witness testimonies are not the most reliable form of evidence – there is always the question of accuracy over the ability of someone to recall specific information as well as the question of whether they are being honest or not. However, for the crown, the treaties granted certain benefits to indigenous signatories in return for the complete surrender of land title. As well, treaties had terms dealing with hunting and fishing rights, as well as education and health care.
Venne writes, “In an oral culture, the means of passing on information is via story telling. Vancouver UBC Press. Though they did not have a written tradition, in the European sense, they recorded important events by sewing beaded wampum belts. She is originally from White Rock, British Columbia, a touristy beach town right outside of Vancouver. Sharon Venne, an accomplished First Nations lawyer and member of the Cree Nation, also writes about the treaties in southern Canada, focusing particularly on treaty six, in “Understanding Treaty 6: An Indigenous Perspective.” These two articles analyze the processes of treaty making, and offer perspectives contrary to the popular narrative, as well as arguing that the popular narrative does not include the entire history… However, First Nations people did not divide land up into packages that could be "owned" or controlled by individuals. What Are the Treaties?
And they certainly have never had any intention of assimilating and giving up their traditions. Alexandra Sakellariou is a third year student at McGill University studying Joint Honors Political Science and Philosophy with a minor in Sexual Diversity Studies. First Nations had an oral tradition. […] That is not to say someone makes up a story, but a story is the manner in which the information is told” (174).
However, such rights have remained up to the discretion and interpretation of the judicial system, and this has been anything but satisfactory. But the issue of treaty rights goes beyond judicial interpretation: Indigenous peoples have long asserted that the written text of treaties do not accurately reflect what was agreed upon during treaty negotiations. Treaty 6 Today. The British and Canadian governments saw treaties as a way to legalize the ceding of Indian lands to clear the way for European settlement, mining, and railways.
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