What exactly are natives entitled to?

Canadian natives have been protesting lately, blocking off highways and hunger protests, claiming that their treatie rights are not being fulfilled. What exactly are the treatie rights the natives claim are not being acknowledged? Does anybody have a link where I can read an official treatie document stating what the natives are entitled to?

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  • 8 years ago
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    First, here's an overview to help get a basic understanding of treaties:

    Link - http://www.aadnc-aandc.gc.ca/eng/1100100032291/110...

    And here's a long list of links with links to more links:

    Link - http://www.aboriginalcanada.gc.ca/acp/site.nsf/eng...

    Also this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Numbered_Treaties

    Hope you've got plenty of spare time to read all that.

    I tried getting into it, but got too busy with the holidays.

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  • 8 years ago

    Over the past five years, the Harper government has voiced platitudes about First Nations, while cutting funding, abandoning claim negotiations, ignoring a crisis of missing and murdered aboriginal women, and undermining the environmental laws that protect the land and water resources that are vital to many Aboriginal communities.

    Two years ago, Canada endorsed the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Canada’s commitments under the UN Declaration, includes obtaining free, prior and informed consent when it comes to resource development on lands and waters that have sustained Aboriginal communities for millennia.

    The growing “IDLE NO MORE” movement was sparked by concerns which arose as a result of the federal government’s recent omnibus Bill C-45. The legislation amends the “Navigable Waters Protection Act” which ensured the protection of waters and the rights of all Canadians to navigation on all water bodies in Canada, not just 62 rivers and 97 lakes. Amendments to the “Navigable Waters Protection Act”, will also allow the government to approve projects on more than 160 lakes without consulting First Nations.

    Bill C-45 also makes changes to the Indian Act, including land management on reserves that make it easier to lease out land for resource extraction without consulting band residents.

    The impact of these changes will be devastating for many First Nations communities. There is also continuing frustration over a lack of action in the cases of more than 600 aboriginal women who have been murdered or gone missing in the past 20 years.

    Canada’s Endorsement of the UN Declaration was a commitment to protect the rights of Canada’s Indigenous peoples. That commitment include Canada’s obligation to address First Nation’s concerns pertaining to poor housing, chronic underfunding, and lack of safe water and to initiate a dialogue on the concrete actions that are necessary to ensure that Canada protects the rights of their Aboriginal people, including the right to a healthy environment.

    The Aboriginal people are saying, “When injustice becomes entrenched in law, the Aboriginal people cannot stand idly by and watch the erosion of their constitutionally protected rights. The need of the Aboriginal people of Canada is “an improved standard of life” not marginalization at the hands of corporations”.

    Harper Launches First Nations Termination Plan



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