Two area First Nations have taken further steps toward ‘self-determination.’ Last week, Sawridge and Kapawe’no, along with the federal government, announced a memorandum of understanding had been reached on that topic.
According to the Nov. 14 release, the MOU “commits the parties to working together to help advance the First Nations’ visions of self-determination for the benefit of their communities.” The MOU “sets out the process and the topics” for further discussion.
Sawridge Chief Roland Twinn called it “a promising first step.”
Efforts towards self-government are nothing new. Both Sawridge and Kapawe’no have been working at it for decades, as Kapawe’no Chief Frank Halcrow mentioned in his comments.
As for the feds, Minister for Indigenous Relations Carolyn Bennett said, “Our goal is to find common ground for negotiating self-government arrangements that would move the First Nations out from under the Indian Act so they can chart their own course toward a brighter future based on the priorities and needs of their communities.”