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OTTAWA, ONTARIO (June 14, 2011) – The Honourable John Duncan, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, issued the following statement today:
“It is my privilege today to recognize the official opening of urban treaty payments at Winnipeg's The Forks National Historic Site of Canada and acknowledge the work of the Treaty Relations Commission of Manitoba and Parks Canada for their efforts in setting up today's Treaty payments.
The Treaty Day celebrations which surround these payments respect our shared past and directly affect about 130,000 First Nation people in Manitoba. More importantly, this day marks the ongoing connection Manitobans, and indeed all Canadians, have to treaties in Canada.
Seven numbered treaties were signed in Manitoba between First Nations and the Crown. For well over a hundred years, the Department has traveled across Manitoba during the summer months to make Treaty payments and honour these commitments.
Treaties are about strengthening relationships and provide the basis for forward-looking partnerships with First Nations. The continuing treaty relationship will support First Nation and non-First Nation people to jointly enjoy Canada's benefits. Treaty payment days, such as today's, help reaffirm that relationship.”
Related links: Historic Treaties in Canada
For more information, please contact:
Office of the Honourable John Duncan