The Saskatchewan government is once again defending trespass legislation tabled on Tuesday.
FSIN Chief Bobby Cameron criticized the legislation after it was released, saying it only increases racial tensions between first nations people and farmers.
After further comments from Cameron, asking if non-indigenous people should not be allowed on First Nations reserves, Morgan said a road going though a First Nation is not considered private.
“You drive through a road that’s a part of a municipality or part of a town, there’s no expectation that you would regard that as a private road, it’s a public roadway,” Morgan said. “I’m not expecting that First Nations are actually going to do that.”
Morgan said there’s no need to consult with First Nations on items that don’t impact treaty rights.
“This moves our province in line with virtually every other province in the country,” Morgan said. “We certainly reached out to them, wanted to meet with them. I know they were involved in their own elections and we’re still willing to talk to them.”
In response to Cameron’s criticisms, as well as vice-chief Heather Bear’s, Morgan said he’s willing to talk.
“My offer to both vice-chief Bear and to chief Cameron is they have my cell number, I’m willing to sit down and have some discussion,” Morgan said. “We introduced this legislation with the idea that it would improve safety, provide some clarity, and hopefully make our province a safer and better place.”
During Question period, NDP critic Trent Wotherspoon said the legislation is flawed, as there was inadequate consultation with all groups involved.