Doug Cuthand:Government must recognize treaty rights

In 1982, when section 35 was placed in the Canadian constitution, the feeling in Indian Country was that it gave us the right to go to court. Section 35 is the famous section that recognizes and affirms existing treaty and Aboriginal rights. But that’s all it says. Our rights have not been defined and instead First Nations have been going to court and winning cases that are defining the scope of our jurisdiction and Treaty Rights. But sadly it’s a long drawn out costly process fraught with danger. That danger was felt this week when the Mikisew Cree from Alberta appealed their case to the Supreme Court. The case began in response to the omnibus bill that the Harper government put in place in 2012. These budget implementation bills were…

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