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Indian people in British Columbia and Quebec are not entirely covered by treaties so these people must attempt to gain aboriginal rights.
The treaties are important in that they represent our contract with the government for the province of Saskatchewan. In these treaties are provisions for medical care, education, economic development and self government. If we can get the treaties to work for us then surely we will progress and develope to our full potential.
Historically, it was nearly 100 years ago that our ancestors made treaties with the British Crown. Our people gave up millions of square miles of land to Canadians in return for certain promises which are contained in the treaties. These treaties when they were completed designed a new way of life for us all. The most important result for our people was the rights or privileges obtained through these agreements.
The Indian people of Saskatchewan are now firmly committed to the task of preserving and further identifying those rights and privileges to which they, are justly entitled according to the earliest agreements between the Indian people of Canada and the British Crown.
The emphasis in research into rights will mainly be upon:
a) Treaty Rights - Six treaty areas exist in Saskatchewan with some overlap into
Alberta and Manitoba. Research will, by necessity, involve a cooperative effort with other provinces possessing treaty areas.
b) Lands - The research will analyze all lands in Saskatchewan where there is or was controversy.