A First Nation in southern Saskatchewan, east of Regina, is fighting for its traditional way of life.
Carry the Kettle First Nation has filed a claim against both the Saskatchewan and Canadian governments for infringing on its Treaty 4 rights.
Lead legal council, Robert Janes, explains there are 2 major agreements with the Treaty: the first is the reserve land, and the second is the agreement First Nations would be able to hunt, fish, trap and continue their way of life on their traditional lands, which would mean beyond the border of a reserve.
There are agricultural developments and pipelines running through the land, but Janes says Carry the Kettle First Nation believes there is just enough left to continue their traditional practices.
He adds when governments consult with First Nations, it’s usually about a particular project, but what First Nations want is a conversation and agreements on the larger issues, including what has happened in the past and the overall picture for their future.
Carry the Kettle has filed the claim and now it’s up to the governments to respond.
Janes says both governments have said they are in the process of doing so, but it takes time.